As a cultural historian – currently, 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 second book, A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton, was published by Thames & Hudson in 2016. I became a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2017 and an Arts Society lecturer in 2018.
Some of my current work includes:
- Lecturer in Contextual Studies (Fashion), Manchester Fashion Institiute, Manchester Metropolitan University.
- Finishing a book with Bloomsbury Academic, Carnival to Catwalk: Global Perspectives on Fancy Dress Costume.
- Co-hosting an iTunes ‘New and Noteworthy’ weekly podcast on fancy dress costume, Dress: Fancy.