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May Salon Series

May 24, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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A Conversation with Avalon Fotheringham

Join us for a fascinating conversation on Wednesday, May 24 at 3pm EST with Avalon Fotheringham, curator for the South Asian textiles and dress collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK to learn more about her career journey, her work in textiles and more. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A by our Director & Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack.


Avalon Fotheringham

Avalon Fotheringham is curator for the South Asian textiles and dress collection at the V&A. Trained as a textile artist before transitioning to textile history, she joined the V&A in 2014 as Research Assistant on the 2015 exhibition The Fabric of India, curated by Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel, and went on to become a curator in 2016. Since joining the museum she has published The Indian Textile Sourcebook: Patterns and Techniques, as well as essays and articles on Indian floral patterns, the impacts of colonialism on Indian dress, the history of beetle-wing embroidery, the Indian transition to synthetic dyes, and more. In 2021 she helped establish The V&A’s Karun Thakar Fund for the study of Asian and African textiles and dress, which supports students and independent researchers of Asian and African textiles and dress all over the world.