When we asked Laura to be our editor this month we also asked that she play dress up and shipped off a huge box of vintage couture for her to photo in her signature selfie style. All month she is wearing pieces from Shrimpton Couture so that you can see them in action and on a "real" girl, rather then just our lovely house mannequins.
Laura is well known for her love of vintage - she has a cult following and is rapidly building her career around the world of vintage and we will not be surprised to see her become a superstar in the museum/curatorial field one day! All of her favourites are available for sale and for this week only you can use the code Laura to receive 15% off any of her picks! To see all of Laura's looks click here!
Curious to know more about her? Just check out her bio and you will understand why we love her!!
Laura McLaws Helms is a fashion writer and historian currently living between London, New York and Los Angeles. Specializing in the influence of vintage clothing on contemporary design, Laura acts as an exhibition curator and design consultant to stylists, editors and designers within the film and fashion industries. Laura’s blog, Sighs and Whispers, is a compendium of imagery and commentary—primarily fashion, beauty and design— that draws thousands of viewers a day and enjoys a cult-like following among fashion, media, and advertising insiders. Drawing on Laura’s experience as a branding/strategist consultant, Sighs and Whispers was created as a global arena to interface with like-minded industry professionals who share a deep knowledge of design, popular culture and photography as well as an intimate understanding of the processes and machinations that help to create, record, and influence the pop stream.
A PhD candidate at London College of Fashion, Ms. Helms holds a Master’s Degree in Fashion History, Theory & Museum Practice from The Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as a BFA from The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in Photography and Imaging. An accomplished photographer in her early career, Laura worked for several years alongside renowned architectural photographer, Robert Polidori, while developing her own portfolio of psychologically probing interior portraits.
From 2008-2009 Laura’s research consultancy credits included exhibitions with award-winning curator, Kohle Yohannan, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Model as Muse, 2009) and The Museum of The City of NY, (Valentina, 2009) —both of which were accompanied by publications from Yale University Press and Rizzoli, respectively. In 2010, she acted as Lead Researcher for a retrospective on British fashion icon Vivienne Westwood at The Museum at FIT (Vivienne Westwood, 2011). Simultaneously, Laura worked as Assistant Curator for Beauty CULTure at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles (2011)—a provocative, award-winning exhibition that explored the effect of advertising on the lives of real women—which broke attendance records and was awarded Curator and Exhibition of the Year at the 2011 Lucie Awards.
Laura is developing an exhibition on British fashion designer, Thea Porter, which will open at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London in February 2015, with an accompanying monograph written by Laura and Thea Porter's daughter, Venetia. Concurrent with this, she is developing a series of articles exploring the status-laden costumes (and social impact) of the 1980s hit television show, Dynasty. Expanding on this theme, a related exhibition and book project, As Seen on TV: The Influence of Television on Fashion, will follow. Laura is a regular contributor to several fashion journals, including Fashion Theory, Fashion Projects and Worn Through.
As the co-founder and creative director of the fashion and art magazine, Lady, Laura uses her deep understanding of cultural history to create intriguing editorials that move beyond the two-dimensional —interweaving the psychological narratives of fashion, photography, film and advertising.
Laura successfully completed a 15-hour course and examination on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the Congressionally-recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation: completed on June 29, 2013, effective through June 29, 2015.
Laura is also the Consulting Archivist for the band Duran Duran — designing and organizing the archive of their three decade long career in music.