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Dressed for War: The Story of Audrey Withers, Vogue Editor

Julie Summers Interviewed by Marion Hume

Saturday, 28 March 2020

12:00pm

1 hour

Cohen Quad: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

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Writer, researcher and historian Julie Summers tells the story of Vogue and its editor Audrey Withers during World War II when the magazine forged a new identity that set it up for the rest of the 20th century.

Summers explains how Withers took the magazine far beyond the realm of stylish clothes. Its top photographers including Lee Miller and Cecil Beaton sent reports about the plight of people living in war-torn Europe and beyond, and the magazine reflected the lives of ordinary people living at home. Summers tells the story of the titanic struggles between personalities at the magazine that shaped its future for years to come.

Summers is author of bestselling books including Fearless on Everest: The Quest for Sandy Irvine and Jam Busters, which was made into the ITV series Home Fires.

Here she talks to screenwriter and fashion journalist Marion Hume,  who has written for newspapers and magazines in the US, the UK and Australia including Vogue and Vanity Fair, and was for five years a senior consultant for United Nations International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative.

This event is part of St Hilda’s College writers’ day at the festival, a series of talks featuring the works of graduates and fellows of the college.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd