Formation gallery will be closed for a private event on Saturday, 29 June 2024.

  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Tailoring Military Identities

Coronavirus update

The National Army Museum will be closed to the public from 18 March until further notice following the latest government guidance in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Brian Lewis, Director of Meyer & Mortimer
Join Brian Lewis, director of Mayfair tailors Meyer & Mortimer, and the National Army Museum's very own Sophie Anderton for an exclusive evening exploring military uniform.

The impact of British Army uniforms on society's fashion trends extends far beyond the modern 'military fashion' we see on catwalks and high streets today. Its influence stretches back over 300 years, a testament to its timeless and universal appeal.

Meyer & Mortimer has one of the oldest pedigrees among the Savile Row tailoring fraternity. It has created many bespoke items for the British Army throughout its long history. Director Brian Lewis will talk us through the company's history and discuss the craft of military tailoring.

Curator Sophie Anderton will then explore the close-knit relationship between uniform and fashion with a behind-the-scenes look at the National Army Museum's uniform collection, the world's largest and most important collection relating to British military uniform. Several Meyer & Mortimer items from the collection will be on display, as well as a garment tailored exclusively for this event.

Through highlighting the relationship between military and civilian dress, Sophie will show how uniform has inspired its own genre within the fashion sphere.

This event is part of London Craft Week.

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  • 6.00pm - Doors open
  • 6.30pm - Brian Lewis talk begins
  • 7.15pm - Sophie Anderton talk begins
  • 7.45pm - Behind-the-scenes collection view begins
  • 8.30pm - Museum closes

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