Dress in a Time of Crisis

On 27th August 2020, I gave a presentation at an academic event entitled Dress in a Time of Crisis, organised by the Dress in Context Research Centre at Birmingham City University. The event took place entirely online, and I was invited to present by the event's organiser, Dr Anne Boultwood. My talk explored three key... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Katie’s story

Today's story in the 'Lockdown Clothing' project is from Katie Sawyer. Katie is a trainee curator at Bodmin Keep, Cornwall's army museum. She studied archaeology at Durham University and specialised in archaeological textiles, including stinging nettle fabric. Currently she is working on her first exhibition 'Frontiers of Fashion: how military uniform influences civilian fashion', which... Continue Reading →

Three months into lockdown

I've been at home since Friday 13th March, and the UK went into lockdown the week afterwards. Now that we're in week 14, markers of time are more important than ever. Without the weekends away, theatre trips, weddings, short courses, exhibition visits and nights out with friends that had filled my diary and have now... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Stuart’s story

Today's interview for the 'Lockdown Clothing' project is with Stuart Campbell. Stuart has a background in museums and cultural heritage but currently works as a civil servant between Edinburgh and London. He collects vintage clothes. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter. 1) Can you describe what your personal style was like before lockdown... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Anne’s story

Today's interview for the 'Lockdown Clothing' project is with Anne Bennett. Anne entered ministry in the Church of England after a career in logistics and management. She was ordained priest in Durham Cathedral in 2009. A former prison chaplain, she is now Vicar of the Church of the Ascension in Blackheath where she enjoys leading... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Shamin’s story

Today's interview for the 'Lockdown Clothing' project is with Shamin Vogel. Shamin is a fashion editor "who travels around the world for leading global fashion trade magazine WeAr to talk to brands, buyers, collect trends and visit shows. My base is in London but I decided to flee to Austria, where my family lives, when... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Darren’s story

Today's interview in the 'Lockdown Fashion' project is with Darren Reynolds. Darren describes himself as "Male, 53, occasionally creative, works in the cycling industry." 1) Can you describe what your personal style was like before lockdown? My style is monochrome (almost entirely black) and pared back. I prefer comfortable items such as smart sportswear, fitted... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Felice’s story

Today's interview for the 'Lockdown Clothing' project is with Felice McDowell. Felice is an Associate Lecturer in Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins, and in Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion, UAL. She lives in North London with her husband and sister. Currently she is researching and writing her forthcoming... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Lindsay’s story

Today's interview in the 'Lockdown Clothing' project is with Lindsay Parker. Lindsay is a PhD student researching sustainable fashion. She also teach creative arts in further education and has been doing so for several years. Her background in fashion is practice based - she studied footwear design at undergraduate level. 1) Can you describe what... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Clare’s story

Today's interview in the 'Lockdown Clothing' project is with Clare Rose. Clare is a fashion historian, trained as a museum curator, working as a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Theory, and lecturing at the V&A Museum. A wearer of vintage clothes since the 1970s, her research in the historic and contemporary practices of the garment industry... Continue Reading →

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