As a cultural historian – currently, Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies (Fashion) at the Manchester Fashion Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University – I write, talk and teach about the decorative arts and the communication of culture to make the past accessible and relevant in the present.
I have 10+ years experience working in the education and heritage sectors. Clients and collaborators include BBC Radio 3, The Daily Beast, Condé Nast College of Fashion, Monocle, The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, The Victoria & Albert Museum.
I was educated at King’s College London where I studied History for my degree and masters. My published doctorate analyses the material culture of the household of King Henry III of England. My books include A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton (2016) and Carnival to Catwalk: Global Reflections on Fancy Dress Costume (2020). I became a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2017 an advisory board member of The Association of Dress Historians in 2019.
Some of my current work includes:
- Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies (Fashion), Manchester Fashion Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, where I am the Equality & Diversity Lead.
- Working on a book with Bloomsbury Academic, Wearing Culture: Controversy, negotiation and the pursuit of fashion (to be published 2021/22).
- Co-hosting an iTunes ‘New and Noteworthy’ weekly podcast on fancy dress costume, Dress: Fancy.