Mary Portas - On Style

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Mary Portas: On Style - the new Radio 4 series where style meets substance. Ever thought judging something by its appearance was shallow? Prepare to have that thought challenged by style doyenne Mary Portas as she takes the helm of a new series on Radio 4.

In the 1990s as Creative Director at Harvey Nichols, Mary Portas transformed the perception of what many regarded as a department store in decline. After the success of BBC Two series Mary Queen of Shops, Portas, with her clear passion for clothing and design, her ability to ask the tricky question, and her trademark sleek copper bob, became a regular presence on British television. Now she has a berth on Radio 4.

Mary Portas: On Style is dedicated to fashion and design and explores how style reveals attitudes, concerns, passions, desires, and beliefs not just of an individual but of a whole society. Style surrounds us and in these programmes Mary examine its expression in areas such as clothing, architecture and interiors. She talks to designers in a wide range of areas as well those analysing and evaluating trends. With the Design Council calculating that Design generates £82.5 billion in gross value added to the UK economy, how are designers are responding to the environmental challenges presented by our sheer volume of ‘stuff’? She’ll also hear from listeners about their relationship to aspects of design.

And there's fun with cult star Miss Jason of Jason’s Closet fame – the programme’s on-the-road reporter – as he visits UK cities to find out what people are wearing and buying. So join Mary Portas as she shares her experiences of style on Radio 4.

Presenter: Mary Portas
Producer: Ekene Akalawu

A four-part series on style with Mary Portas.

01Tom Dixon on British design, Miss Jason in Liverpool, Fashion Revolution, Design Museums at 3020190917

Last night Tom Dixon was presented with the prestigious London Design Medal 2019. He joins Mary to discuss British design, how TouchyFeelySmellyNoisyTasty - the new multi-sensory lab he's created for the London Design Festival - explores the roots of good design, and why pairing a restaurant with a furniture showroom is a match made in design heaven.

Miss Jason, Mary Portas: On Style's fashion correspondent, is in Liverpool checking out people's personal style and, as we reach the midpoint of Second Hand September, he'll be asking the people he meets about their attitude to second hand shopping.

Carry Somers, co-founder and Global Operations Director of campaigning organisation Fashion Revolution discusses their new wall planner, and the power of fashion activism.

In 1989 two of the world's first Design Museums - the Design Museum in London and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil Am Rhein opened their doors for the first time. Three decades on, their respective Directors, Deyan Sudjic and Mateo Kries discuss how perceptions of what design can be have evolved in the last 30 years.

Presenter: Mary Portas
Producer: Ekene Akalawu

Mary Portas: On Style - the new Radio 4 series where style meets substance.

A four-part series on style with Mary Portas.

01Tom Dixon on British design, Miss Jason in Liverpool, Fashion Revolution, Design Museums at 302019091720190921 (R4)

Last night Tom Dixon was presented with the prestigious London Design Medal 2019. He joins Mary to discuss British design, how TouchyFeelySmellyNoisyTasty - the new multi-sensory lab he's created for the London Design Festival - explores the roots of good design, and why pairing a restaurant with a furniture showroom is a match made in design heaven.

Miss Jason, Mary Portas: On Style's fashion correspondent, is in Liverpool checking out people's personal style and, as we reach the midpoint of Second Hand September, he'll be asking the people he meets about their attitude to second hand shopping.

Carry Somers, co-founder and Global Operations Director of campaigning organisation Fashion Revolution discusses their new wall planner, and the power of fashion activism.

In 1989 two of the world's first Design Museums - the Design Museum in London and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil Am Rhein opened their doors for the first time. Three decades on, their respective Directors, Deyan Sudjic and Mateo Kries discuss how perceptions of what design can be have evolved in the last 30 years.

Presenter: Mary Portas
Producer: Ekene Akalawu

Mary Portas: On Style - the new Radio 4 series where style meets substance.

A four-part series on style with Mary Portas.

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A four-part series on style with Mary Portas.

02Li Edelkoort, Miss Jason in London, RIBA's new Neave Brown Housing Award20190924

When the distinguished trends forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort provides her vision of the future in her General Trends Books, her pronouncements are eagerly awaited by those working in the worlds of fashion and design. She talks to Mary about the reasons behind the one forecast she's made that the fashion world hasn't wanted to hear - Fashion is dead. However it's not all bad news as she shares her thoughts about the trends she thinks will be influencing what we'll be wearing in the very near future.

This week Mary Portas: On Style's fashion correspondent, Miss Jason, is in London talking to those he encounters in Covent Garden about the item of clothing that's had the longest residency in their wardrobe.

As housing hits the headlines this week with a new report released by the National Housing Federation revealing that one in eight people are living in unaffordable and unsuitable housing, Mary turns her attention to a new architecture prize for housing - the Neave Brown Award, which has been established by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Mary is joined by RIBA’s immediate past president, Ben Derbyshire, and the architecture and design journalist and editor, Jessica Mairs, to discuss whether it's possible to bring architectural flair to social housing.

Presenter: Mary Portas
Producer: Ekene Akalawu

Distinguished trends forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort on the death of fashion.

A four-part series on style with Mary Portas.

02Li Edelkoort, Miss Jason in London, RIBA's new Neave Brown Housing Award2019092420190928 (R4)

When the distinguished trends forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort provides her vision of the future in her General Trends Books, her pronouncements are eagerly awaited by those working in the worlds of fashion and design. She talks to Mary about the reasons behind the one forecast she's made that the fashion world hasn't wanted to hear - Fashion is dead. However it's not all bad news as she shares her thoughts about the trends she thinks will be influencing what we'll be wearing in the very near future.

This week Mary Portas: On Style's fashion correspondent, Miss Jason, is in London talking to those he encounters in Covent Garden about the item of clothing that's had the longest residency in their wardrobe.

As housing hits the headlines this week with a new report released by the National Housing Federation revealing that one in eight people are living in unaffordable and unsuitable housing, Mary turns her attention to a new architecture prize for housing - the Neave Brown Award, which has been established by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Mary is joined by RIBA’s immediate past president, Ben Derbyshire, and the architecture and design journalist and editor, Jessica Mairs, to discuss whether it's possible to bring architectural flair to social housing.

Presenter: Mary Portas
Producer: Ekene Akalawu

Distinguished trends forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort on the death of fashion.

A four-part series on style with Mary Portas.

03Phoebe English, Miss Jason in Glasgow, Contemporary Chinese furniture design20191001

At the recent London Fashion Week, designer Phoebe English made waves not just for the clothes she'd made but the work involved in designing her label's most sustainable collection. She had stood down from three seasons of fashion shows in order to research the best ways of ensuring her label was using sustainable materials and minimising waste. She talks to Mary about why she feels that fashion will need to look to the past as well as to the future to find solutions for its damaging environmental impact.

This week Mary Portas: On Style's fashion correspondent, Miss Jason, is in Glasgow talking to those he encounters on Buchanan Street about whether they're happy to repair their clothing, or does a missing button or tear mean that the garment in question is destined for the bin?

Chinese furniture design has been rising in originality, skill, and popularity in China. The proliferation of furniture fairs and design weeks in the country have been important launch pads for new generations of Chinese designers but arguably the most important lever for change has been the Made in China initiative which the Chinese government launched in 2015 with the aim of turning China into a design superpower. Design author Charlotte Fiell, who has just co-written a book called Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design, and Zheng Qu, architect, urban designer, and founder of the Chinese Design Centre join Mary to discuss why 5000 years of design history are now providing China’s design future.

Presenter: Mary Portas
Producer: Ekene Akalawu

Mary Portas: On Style - the new Radio 4 series where style meets substance.

A four-part series on style with Mary Portas.

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A four-part series on style with Mary Portas.

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A four-part series on style with Mary Portas.