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Lorna Holder’s Style In My DNA book talk comes to Nottingham

CARIBBEAN STYLE: Author Lorna Holder

JAMAICAN-BORN FASHION designer Lorna Holder launched her inaugural book Style In My DNA earlier this year.

The book, which chronicles 70 years of different fashion trends within the British Caribbean community, significantly coincided with the 70th anniversary celebrations of the SS Empire Windrush arrival in the UK this year.

Style In My DNA includes exclusive and never before seen fashion photography and illustrations of Caribbean people in Britain from the late 1940s and continues right up to the present day. It shows the influences Caribbean fashion has had on Britain's fashion industry
Since its launch, Lorna has held two specially arranged book talk events. The first was at the Victoria and Albert Museum during the anniversary week of the Empire Windrush celebrations in June and the second was held in October during Black History Month at the Swiss Cottage Library.

On Saturday, November 10, Lorna will be hosting another book talk in her home city of Nottingham at the New Art Exchange, Gregory Boulevard, Hyson Green NG7 6BE starting at 2pm.

All are invited to join Lorna as she reads from the book, tracing fashion trends from the 1940s to present day. The event will be followed by a book signing and complimentary refreshments.

This eye-catching and impressive book documents 70 years of Caribbean influence on British fashion. The book includes exclusive and never-before-seen fashion photography and illustrations of Caribbean people in Britain. Anyone seeking to understand the Caribbean migrant experience can learn a lot from the striking images from the past.

Commenting on the book, Lorna said: “Style in My DNA is my journey as a black woman, wife, mother, fashion designer and businesswoman, ‘making it happen’ as a migrant in 20th and 21st century Britain.”

Others who have read the book include Billie Ohene. She said: "An insightful informative book which successfully tracks the evolution of fashion trends amongst the ‘Windrush Generation’ and their children. The pictures and commentary effectively capture the essence of the different decades."

Miranda O'Connell said: "Style in my DNA is a book to treasure: it is like a giant family album for the many Caribbean people who came to England in the 1950s. These telling photos capture the changing mood of each decade up to the present day and Lorna's commentary reminds the reader of the way styles changed to reflect the period."

Also featured in the book are the memoirs of Lorna as a child of the Windrush Generation. She arrived from Jamaica in 1959 and was brought up in Nottingham. Graduating with a BA Honours in fashion and textiles in 1975, she was the first black graduate in fashion to pass through Trent Polytechnic.

She went on to be a very successful fashion designer, producer, writer, curator and an active figure within London's Caribbean Community, curating the 2015 exhibition ”Jamaica Hidden Histories” at the Southbank's prestigious Gallery@oxo.

She has collaborated with several cultural institutions including the V&A, and she is now a Member of Board of Governors for Nottingham Trent University, where she was the first black student to graduate from the fashion course. She also sits on the Board of Trustees for New Art Exchange.

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