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The London College of Garden Design’s Autumn Conference

Course Date: 09/10/2021

The London College of Garden Design’s Autumn Conference

From the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in-person and online on Saturday 9th October 2021

For centuries plants and gardens have clearly been influential on fashion sensibility. The fashion industry’s most lauded designers from Hardy Amies, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior to Dries Van Noten, Vivienne Westwood and Raf Simons are known for recurrent themes around flora and gardens and the influence of their own gardens on their work. But does it work both ways? Are garden designers influenced by fashion professionals?

For our 2021 Autumn Conference the London College of Garden Design explores the influence of plants, gardens and landscapes on fashion and the favour that fashion returns to our work as gardeners, horticulturists and designers. Join us on Saturday 9th October 2021 for a day focussed on the relationship between gardens and fashion.

Confirmed speakers

Amy de la Haye

iProfessor of Dress History and Fashion Curation and joint Director of the Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion.

Sam McKnight in conversation with Jo Thompson

Hairdressing legend and gardener Sam McKnight will be talking with Garden Design legend Jo Thompson.

Mairi Mackenzie

Research Fellow in Fashion and Textiles at Glasgow School of Art and a visiting lecturer at Glasgow University.

Geoffrey Munn OBE, MVO

Jewellery specialist, television presenter, writer and historian.

Justine Picardie

Contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar and author of the soon to be published Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture.

Chairman – Andrew Fisher Tomlin

Founding Director of the London College of Garden Design.


The conference will be streamed online on Saturday 9th October 2021 from 10am to 5.00pm. There are very limited in-person places available at Kew Gardens.

The conference will also be recorded and available in other time zones if you are unable to attend the live conference.

Online tickets

£49 before 1st July £59 afterwards

Cambridge Cottage tickets

£249 with proceeds to Global Gardens of Peace

These tickets are limited to just 10 places on a first come, first served basis. They include refreshments on arrival, individual lunch and gift to include signed copies of “Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion” and “Miss Dior” at the end of the day. All proceeds from these tickets will be donated to Global Gardens of Peace. For more information please visit

Catch-up tickets


The conference will be available as an edited recording after the event and you will be sent an access code to view the event.

LCGD Students and Graduates

Free of charge

For more details and to enrol on this course you need to book via the link below

For more Information please telephone

01483 762955  Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm