Tamsin Blanchard

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Tamsin Blanchard is a British fashion journalist, author, and lecturer. She is particularly known for her work on sustainability and ecological issues in fashion.


Early life and education

Blanchard was born in Liverpool and took a fashion journalism course at Central Saint Martins. [1]

Central Saint Martins public tertiary art school in London, England

Central Saint Martins, often abbreviated to CSM, is a public tertiary art school in London, England. It is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. It offers full-time courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and a variety of short and summer courses.


In 1998 Blanchard started up a biannual fashion and visual arts magazine titled IT, for which she was publisher and co-editor. [2] She was also at The Independent as a fashion editor, and from 1999 to 2005 was Style Editor at The Observer . She then joined The Daily Telegraph as style director for their magazine. [3] [2]

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The Fashion Museum, Bath, chose Blanchard as the fashion journalist to select the most defining looks of 1996 for their Dress of the Year collection. She picked out an Alexander McQueen tunic and 'bumster' trousers from his "Hunger" collection for the womenswear look, and a man's Paul Smith electric blue two-piece suit and shirt. [4] At the press launch, the clothes were modelled by Jimmy Pursey and his then partner Tizer Bailey, the model who had originally worn the McQueen ensemble in the designer's catwalk presentation. [5] Blanchard said at the time that McQueen, who had recently succeeded John Galliano as the designer for Givenchy, was one of the strongest representations of mid-nineties "cutting-edge style," whilst Smith's suit represented the revolution in menswear where the male consumer was increasingly aware of labels and design. [4]

Fashion Museum, Bath museum of costume in Bath, England

The Fashion Museum is housed in the Assembly Rooms in Bath, Somerset, England.

Dress of the Year

The Dress of the Year is an annual fashion award run by the Fashion Museum, Bath from 1963. Each year since 1963, the Museum has asked a fashion journalist to select a dress or outfit that best represents the most important new ideas in contemporary fashion. For 2010 the Museum broke with tradition by asking the milliner Stephen Jones, rather than a journalist, to choose an outfit; and again in 2014 when the fashion blogger, Susanna Lau of Style Bubble, was asked to choose an outfit for 2013. The outfit is then donated to the Fashion Museum along with an Adel Rootstein mannequin to represent that year's total look.

Alexander McQueen British fashion designer and couturier

Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE was a British fashion designer and couturier. He worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, and founded his own fort Alexander McQueen label in 1992. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards, as well as the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award in 2003. McQueen died by suicide in 2010, at the age of 40, at his home in Mayfair, London.

Blanchard is also a fashion correspondent for the Victoria and Albert Museum's magazine and a contributing editor to 10 Magazine. She has also contributed to Vogue , Marie Claire , Harper's Bazaar and Rubbish . [2]

Victoria and Albert Museum Art museum in London

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the world's largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, as well as sculpture, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

10 Magazine is a British luxury quarterly magazine published in London, UK.

Vogue is a fashion and lifestyle magazine covering many topics including fashion, beauty, culture, living, and runway. Vogue began as a weekly newspaper in 1892 in the United States, before becoming a monthly publication years later.

Blanchard has been invited to teach fashion journalism at the University of Westminster and Central Saint Martins. [2] [3]

University of Westminster public research university located in London, United Kingdom

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Blanchard's best-known book is probably Green is the New Black: How to Change the World with Style, published in 2007 and dealing with ecological awareness in a fashion-conscious lifestyle. TreeHugger reviewed the book favourably, noting that while Blanchard was not as authoritative on eco-issues as Lucy Siegle, she had still written a well-informed, fair-handed book that wrote accessibly about how to be both fashion-conscious and environmentally aware, [6] and the EcoSalon website listed it as among their top 15 books on eco-fashion. [2] However, a reviewer for The Daily Mail dismissed the book as "utter pointlessness." [7] The book established Blanchard as an authority on the subject of eco-consciousness in fashion, leading to her being approached for commentary on the topic. [8]

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Selected bibliography

Personal life

Blanchard lives in London with her partner and their children. [3]

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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Dufault, Amy (30 August 2010). "Top 15 Eco-Fashion Books We Love". EcoSalon.
  3. 1 2 3 Saunders, Grace (2010). Family Life Made Easy. Random House. p. 154. ISBN   9780099519362.
  4. 1 2 Lester, Richard (2013). Dress of the year. Antique Collectors' Club. pp. 134–165. ISBN   9781851497256.
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