The Model Lens. Exhibition Insights with Anna Freemantle
Anna Freemantle is a fashion expert who has worked as a model, strategist and adviser to the industry for over 20 years. Join her in conversation with sustainable fashion expert Dr Lynn Wilson about her role in creating the poster image for KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood, and her long collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of CHANEL from 1983 to 2019.
This late-night event includes a drink on arrival and access to the exhibition included within the ticket price.
Anna Freemantle Biography
Anna Freemantle (Born, Amsterdam, 1979) has spent the past 20 years in the fashion industry, as an internationally acclaimed model and a producer and creative consultant to brands, governments and educational institutions in Europe and Africa. Freemantle is the director and co-founder of The Edinburgh International Fashion Festival (2012 - 2016). The EIFF was an annually held festival driven by ideas and cross-discipline creativity. The festival sought out innovative leaders, bold thinkers, revolutionaries, and master creatives within the fashion industry, looking closely at how fashion collaborates and is inspired by music, science, visual art, dance, sustainability, food, philosophy, technology, architecture, film, literature, and environmental issues. EIFF was presented across a variety of platforms and mediums, which included runway shows, exhibitions, gala parties, workshops and symposiums and unique events throughout Edinburgh. Each year Freemantle invited international luminaries to sit alongside local heroes, thereby engaging the industry and general public in original, thought-provoking ways. In addition to her work with EIFF, Freemantle has collaborated on sustainability campaigns for Zero Waste Scotland, worked with the Nation Museum of Scotland on the 200yr Pringle of Scotland celebration and delivered a campaign for the Nelson Mandela Foundation. More recently Freemantle has worked with Johnston’s of Elgin and the late James Sugden OBE on projects at Dumfries House and beyond working on the revival of skills in the Scottish textile industry. Further to this she has consulted on the delivery of various high-profile events including the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Since 2018 Freemantle has been a muse to couturier Iris Van Herpen, working closely with the brand and its development, and has recently returned to couture modelling during the international fashion industry fashion season shows.
Dr Lynn Wilson, originally trained in textiles and fashion (B.Des (Hons)1988 - 92 and MA 1993-94), is a circular design practitioner, award-winning academic researcher, and educator, who completed her PhD at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow in 2022, investigating consumer clothing behaviour and the transition to a circular economy. Dr Wilson is the founder of Circular DS International which provides mentoring, training and research to businesses transitioning to the circular economy. Lynn is currently a Creative Entrepreneur within the Creative Informatics Programme, the University of Edinburgh, where she is developing a Circular Materials Repository. Recently she completed a short post-doctoral research post at the University for the Arts, London, Centre for Circular Design, examining the future of the UK wool sector. From 2013-2017, Dr Wilson was the Sector Manager – Textiles, Circular Economy team at Zero Waste Scotland, contributing to Making Things Last – A Circular Economy Strategy for Scotland. In 2015, she undertook a Churchill Fellowship, visiting Japan, and researching textile heritage, technology, and clothing retail systems that could support a circular economy. Dr Wilson is a non-executive board member of Architecture and Design Scotland and is a Fellow of the Arts, Commerce and Manufacture (FRSA).