Horti:couture Conference

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

Amy de la Haye is a curator and writer. She is Professor of Dress History and Fashion Curation and joint Director of the Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion. Her most recent project is the book (Yale, 2020) and exhibition staged at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology called ‘Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion’.

Sam McKnight

Hairdressing legend Sam McKnight’s career spans nearly 50 years working in fashion. He’s worked with all the greats including Chanel, Fendi, Balmain, Burberry, Tom Ford and Vivienne Westwood. In addition to devising trend-leading hair looks for fashion shows and advertising campaigns, McKnight is a regular contributor to British and international Vogues, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D and Love, creating iconographic images with the world’s most pre-eminent photographers. Sam is also a keen gardener and his garden and plants play a large part in his life and work.

Mairi Mackenzie

Mairi MacKenzie is Research Fellow in Fashion and Textiles at Glasgow School of Art and a visiting lecturer at Glasgow University. Her current research is concerned with the relationship between popular music and fashion and social histories of perfume. She is author of Dream Suits: the Wonderful World q§of Nudie Cohn (Lannoo 2011), Isms: Understanding fashion (A&C Black 2009), and Perfume and Fantasy: Scent in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

Geoffrey Munn

Geoffrey Munn OBE, MVO is a jewellery specialist, television presenter, writer and historian. He has published a number of books on precious metalwork and has also contributed to the specialist press on the subject of Nicholas Hilliard, J.M.W. Turner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Lear. Geoffrey is a Fellow of both the Linnean Society and the Society of Antiquaries.

Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie is a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar, having previously been editor-in-chief. She was formerly a journalist for the Sunday Times, a columnist for the Telegraph, editor of the Observer Magazine and features director of Vogue. She is the author of five books, including the critically-acclaimed memoir If the Spirit Moves You: Life and Love After Death, the bestselling Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, and the soon to be published Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture.

Jo Thompson

Jo Thompson is recognised as one of the UK’s leading designers and plantswomen. She has been the recipient of four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and in 2017 she won the People’s Choice award at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Jo is a member of the RHS Gardens Committee and Garden Advisor for RHS Rosemoor, an RHS judge, as well as being a member of the RHS Show Gardens Selection Panel. She lectures both nationally and internationally and is a visiting tutor at the London College of Garden Design.

Chairman – Andrew Fisher Tomlin

Andrew Fisher Tomlin is well known for the creation of gardens and landscapes worldwide. He is Founding Director of the London College of Garden Design based in the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and is the course leader for their unique Planting Design Diploma which attracts students from all over the world. He is also a Director of its partner College at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and lectures widely. Andrew is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and The Society of Garden Designers, and he is also a Chartered Horticulturist.


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 globalgardensofpeace.org

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