Fashion Forum: Age

6 – 7 March 2017

International Conference for Students

We will be looking at the subject of ‘age’ in the broadest sense to explore new boundaries and challenge conventional wisdom.

We will be welcoming Professor Melanie Reim an award-winning illustrator who will be our ‘Artist in Residence’ together with guest speakers who have a wealth of knowledge and industry experience. From the screening of an exclusive interview with Barbara Hulanicki OBE (the brainchild behind the fashion brand ‘Biba’) to live talks from an exciting array of speakers, including Patricia Moore (American Industrial Designer, Gerontologist and Author) who is an expert on age as well as being nominated as one of the ‘100 Most Important Women in America’ and Manchester Metropolitan University alumnus Ruari Mahon who now heads up Public Relations and Communications for Nudie Jeans in New York.

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Barbara Hulanicki OBE

Born in Poland, but raised in England, Barbara Hulanicki OBE is recognized as a British Fashion Icon, awarded an OBE for ‘Services to Fashion’ in the 2012 Queen’s New Year Honour List.

She began her career in fashion in the early 1960′s working as a freelance fashion illustrator covering all the important fashion collections for the major publications of the day, including Women’s Wear Daily, and British Vogue. In 1964, she founded the BIBA boutique with her late husband Stephen Fitz-Simon. In the beginning, it was a small mail-order business and featured in the fashion columns of newspapers such as the Daily Mirror. Barbara moved location four times as her business grew, and her last move was to ‘Big Biba’ where she created 15 departments, transforming the interior of the famous Derry and Toms store Kensington High Street, at a cost of the equivalent of around £16 million pounds in today’s money. The interior design was based on individual ‘sets’ built for each department, ranging from ‘Pop Art, Victoriana, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco’. Biba became a hangout for artists, film stars, rock musicians including Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and she worked with some of the best photographers in the fashion business including Helmut Newton, Hans Feurer, and Sarah Moon, and had the famous ‘1960’s British model ‘Twiggy’ photographed in Biba’s ‘iconic fake-fur leopard print coat’. You could buy everything you ever wanted at an affordable price under one roof cultivating the concept of a lifestyle store.

The timeline for her success lasted 11 years and after her business closed she moved to South America, working for Fiorucci and Cacharel, and then to Florida where she has lived for the past 25 years. Now in her 80’s she continues to work as a creative consultant for high street labels, designs hotel interiors to accessories, has her own on-line business, and continues to inspire us.

Professor Melanie Reim ‘Artist in Residence’

Melanie Reim is an award-winning illustrator with a sketchbook never far from her side. Since earning her MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, she has illustrated for book publishers, advertising agencies, museums, magazines and major corporations.

Melanie is the founder and former chairperson of the MFA in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she is a Professor in the School of Art and Design and the School of Graduate Studies. Melanie teaches drawing and illustration on both graduate and undergraduate levels both in the U.S. and abroad. She is the recipient of a SUNY Chancellors Award for Faculty Service, SUNY/FIT President’s Award for Student Centeredness and is Fulbright Scholar. She is one of the co-founders of the FIT President’s Council on Diversity, has served on the Presidential Planning Council for Strategic Planning and the FIT Brand Consortium. Her visual journals have been the subject of articles published out of London, UK, as well as Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. Her documentary work is part of the Air Force Art Collection in the Pentagon in Washington, DC and is featured in numerous books and articles about drawing and illustration and has been included in Society of Illustrators NY Annual Show, SILA, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles Annual Show and American Illustration. Her work has appeared in many solo and group exhibitions, in New York City as well as abroad.

Melanie has served as Education Chair for the Board of Directors at The Society of Illustrators in New York City as Education Chair, and ICON:THE ILLUSTRATION CONFERENCE, where she advocates for the rich and well-rounded education of illustration students everywhere, as they are the future of the industry.

Lady Lorraine Neale

Lorraine Neale is an accomplished and experienced Retail Fashion Business Buying, Merchandising, Production Management Executive and Academic Professional with a proven record of 50 years’ success, both in the UK and US retail markets.

For the past seven years, Lorraine has been Managing Director of Lyricamus Limited, a Creative Managing and Publishing Agency. Lorraine’s primary retail client is Barbara Hulanicki OBE, the iconic founder and designer of Biba. Over recent years, Lorraine and Barbara have been fore- fronting collaborations with House of Fraser, George at Asda, TK Maxx / Homesense, Disney Europe, Chesney Fireplaces, Graham & Brown and Peony & Moore.

With retail blood in her veins, her father was in department store retailing for most of his working life, Lorraine started her career at Harrods on the retail training course moving to Lord & Taylor in New York, USA in the 1960’s to learn about central buying which had not as yet been developed in UK stores. After 3 years Lorraine returned to the UK going to the Peter Robinson women’s clothing store within the Burton Group where Top Shop was created. From there Lorraine then moved onto the iconic brand of Biba as Womenswear Financial Planner and Production Manager UK Made garments. After Biba closed, Lorraine went to Chelsea Girl as the first Buyer rising to the management team as Buying Director and Product Development Director developing the current brand of River Island.

Using all this retail experience, Lorraine then moved into Higher Education as Principal Lecturer at the University of Westminster, developing the Fashion Business courses at both Undergraduate and Master’s level.  In addition, Lorraine played a key role in the University of Westminster’s Centre of Excellence for Work Based Learning before spearheading the foundation and launch of the Fashion Retail Club, becoming the Club’s Honourary President and its Executive Advisor.

Jackie Marshall-Cyrus

Jackie is Director of Innovation at Jackie Marshall-Cyrus & Associates Ltd, a boutique innovation consultancy which provides ageing expertise to corporates, large organisations, SMEs and entrepreneurs in the design and delivery of inclusive innovative products, services and systems. Her philosophy is that growing older should not cost us what it means to be human.


Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Jackie migrated to the UK in 1999 to continue her career as a professional Registered General Nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree (First Class Honours) in Nursing Older Adults, specialising in the Intermediate Care and Rehabilitation of Older Adults. She completed her Master’s degree in Education in 2006 and until April 2008, held the position of Senior Lecturer and Module Leader at the School of Society & Health at Buckinghamshire New University.


In May 2008 Jackie joined Innovate UK and worked as the Lead Specialist on the Independent Living Innovation Platform until September 2016. There she designed and delivered several high profile national innovation challenges related to the demographic shift nationally and internationally. She emerged as a charismatic, influential, trailblazer and agent of change; a visionary, leader and strategist who challenges the status quo; shaping vision through collaboration across sectors, professions and organisations. Her approach to innovation is characterised by collaborations with the ‘unusual suspects’, disruption and inclusion.


Jackie sat as the UK’s representative on the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme between 2007-2013, working collaboratively with other EU partners to design CR&D calls for healthy and active ageing. She is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Peer Review College and previously sat on the Steering Board of the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme.


She was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2016. Her research interests include the sexuality and sexual health of older adults, and she is an unapologetic doting grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren.

Dr Kirsi Niinimaki

Dr Kirsi Niinimaki is Associate Professor in Fashion Research and Head of Study Programme Fashion BA and Fashion and Collection MA at Aalto University. Her research focuses on holistic understanding of sustainable fashion and textiles fields and connections between design, manufacturing, business models and consumption. Her scientific work is widely published in top scientific journals.

Ruari Mahon

Alumnus Ruari Mahon is a communications and brand strategy professional with ten years industry experience. Since 2013, Ruari has held the position of Global Head of Public Relations and Communications for Nudie Jeans, a Swedish contemporary denim brand. In this leadership position, Ruari directs a global team overseeing brand direction and positioning, media strategy, marketing and retail strategy. Studying BSc (Hons) International Fashion Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, Ruari graduate in 2009 with first class honours.

Jamie Huckbody

Jamie Huckbody is the European Editor of Harper’s BAZAAR Australia.

As a writer, stylist and creative consultant, he is currently working with some of the world’s leading prestige brands and publications, including the Australian Financial Review, Bulgari, Christopher Kane, Schiaparelli and Selfridges.

Huckbody graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1997 and trained at W magazine (New York) and Vogue (London) before becoming Fashion Writer at The Independent and Fashion & Fashion Features Editor of i-D magazine. In 2005, he moved to Sydney where he was appointed Fashion Features Director of Harper’s BAZAAR Australia; eventually becoming the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief in 2008.

Since returning to the UK, Huckbody has worked as Acting Fashion Features Director/Editor of British ELLE/ELLE Collections and as a contributor to US Vogue. He continues to add to the impressive list of style icons he has interviewed over his two-decade career, including Giorgio Armani, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Helmut Newton, Miuccia Prada, Donatella Versace and Yohji Yamamoto.

He currently resides in London and Yorkshire.


Monday 6 March 2017

Venue: Cinema 2, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester M15 4RP

9am – 9.25am

9.25am – 9.30am
Colin Renfrew / Welcome

9.30am – 10.15am
Exclusive Video Interview with Barbara Hulanicki OBE

Venue Change: INNSIDE Hotel, Chadwick Suite, 1 First Street, Manchester M15 4RP

10.30am – 11.15am
TALK Lady Lorraine Neale “Do careers in fashion define your life?”

11.15am – 11.30am
Morning Break

11.30am – 12.15pm
TALK Jackie Marshall-Cyrus “Boldly go where no man has gone before”

12.15pm – 1.00pm
TALK Dr Kirsi Niinimaki “Different tempos in sustainable fashion and circular economy”

1pm – 2pm
Lunch break

2pm – 2.45pm
TALK Ruari Mahon “Age: How the past ties in with the future”

2.45pm – 3.30pm
Jamie Huckbody ‘In Conversation…’ with industry guests

3.30pm – 3.45

3.45pm – 4.25pm
Q&A with guests speakers

Colin Renfrew / Close


Tuesday 7 March 2017

Venue: Cavendish Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BH

MASTER CLASSES: Please purchase tickets based on these options (places are limited)

9am – 11am Option A
Professor Melanie Reim Master Class in: “Illustration”: Righton Building, first floor ‘Open Space’

9am – 11am Option B
Jackie Marshall-Cyrus Master Class in: “The Quiet Revolution: Re-fashion the Rise of the Centenarians”: Cavendish 2:02

9am – 11am Option C
Professor Kirsi Niinimaki Master Class in: “Exploring lifetimes of sustainable fashion through design perspectives”: Cavendish 2:03

9am – 11am Option D
Ruari Mahon Master Class in: “The denim brand Nudie Jean’s ‘timeless’ approach in terms of design philosophy, sustainability initiatives, business management and communications”: Cavendish 2:18

11am – 11.15am

11.15am – 12.00pm
Lady Lorraine Neale ‘In Conversation with Caroline Herz – Is Biba style timeless and ageless’: Lecture Theatre CA 1:01

12pm – 1.00pm
Lunch Break

1pm – 2.00pm
Anthony Bednall, Associate Head of Manchester Fashion Institute – MA Collaborative Project: Lecture Theatre CA 1:01

2pm – 2.45pm
Q&A with guests: Lecture Theatre CA 1:01

2.45pm – 4.30pm
Colin Renfrew / Formal closing and Private View of Melanie Reim’s illustrations, networking/drinks reception.

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Tickets for the whole conference are £15 (including both days), with a percentage of the proceeds going to our chosen charity Age UK. Spaces are limited. Please use the link below to book your place.

Please ensure you order the correct ticket, dependent on which Master Class option you would like to attend. Tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, please ensure you try to sell your ticket on to another student and contact with your name and the name of the person you have sold your ticket to.

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