Prof Chris Breward – Chair
Director of Collection and Research at the National Galleries of Scotland and Visiting Professor of Cultural History at Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh
Prof Chris Breward was appointed to the role of Principal of Edinburgh College of Art in 2011 when the Schools of Art and Design at the former Edinburgh College of Art merged with the School of Arts, Culture and Environment at the University of Edinburgh. He is also Vice Principal for the Creative Industries and Performing Arts at the University of Edinburgh. Christopher has published and curated widely on the histories of fashion, masculinities and urban cultures. He is a Trustee of the National Museums of Scotland, Fruitmarket Gallery and Hospitalfield Arts, a Governor of the Pasold Institute and a member of the Advisory Board for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
Prof Carol Tulloch
Professor at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon (UAL)
Carol Tulloch is a writer and curator with a specialism in dress and black identities. She is a member of the Transnational Art, Identity and Nation Research Centre (TrAIN).She is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at V&A, a trustee of Autograph ABP and a Museum of London Academic Panelist. Her recent work includes the monograph The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African, The Persistence of Taste: Art, Museums and Everyday life After Bourdieu, the exhibitions Jessica Ogden: Still, and Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism.
Prof Claire Wilcox
Senior Curator of Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum and Chair in Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion (UAL)
Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator of Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where she has overall responsibility for collections, programming and research. She has published widely, most recently The V&A Gallery of Fashion, to accompany the refurbishment and redisplay of the Museum’s permanent fashion display for which she was Lead Curator. She was Lead Curator (V&A) for the Europeana Digital Fashion Project, is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and on the Editorial Board of Fashion Theory. Her research interests include 20th century and contemporary fashion; history of the V&A’s fashion collection and exhibition history; curation and museology; the psychology of appearances; fashion fiction.
Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Director of Studies in History of Art at Christ’s College, Cambridge
Jane Munro is Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and Director of Studies in History of Art at Christ’s College, Cambridge. She specialises in European painting and drawing of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and has curated over eighty exhibitions, many, like Silent Partners, with an interdisciplinary emphasis, and several involving partnerships in the UK, Europe, and the United States. In recognition of her work developing cultural exchange with France, she has been made Chevalier des arts et lettres and Chevalier dans l’Ordre national du Mérite.
Sarah Mower MBE
Fashion journalist and critic for US Vogue, British Council’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent, trustee of the British Fashion Council Education Foundation and Chair of the NEWGEN committee
Sarah Mower MBE is a fashion journalist and critic for US Vogue and an advocate for young designers. She is the British Fashion Council’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Chair of the NEWGEN committee, the scheme responsible for the rise of a constellation of design stars who show in London Fashion Week. A trustee of the new British Fashion Council Education Foundation, Sarah is a campaigner raising much-needed scholarships for the students who will contribute to the health of the industry’s future in all its developing areas.
Jane Shepherdson CBE
Fashion businesswoman, formerly Brand Director of Topshop
Jane Shepherdson CBE is a fashion businesswoman. She was the chief executive of UK clothing brand Whistles, and had been the brand director for high-street women’s wear store TopShop. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to UK retail business.
Programme Manager, Fashion at the British Council
Niamh specialises in fashion history and curation. She studied English Literature prior to completing an MA in Fashion Curation, and is particularly interested in the intersections between fashion, literature, philosophy and cultural theory. Niamh has previously led on the British Council’s UK International Showcases programme, which includes the International Architecture Showcase and Design Connections. She continues to lead on the ever-growing International Fashion Showcase, and on programmes in Wider Europe.
Sam Gainsbury and Anna Whiting
Producers, Gainsbury & Whiting
Sam Gainsbury and Anna Whiting are the production duo behind Gainsbury & Whiting. They have produced a number of fashion shows, films and editorials, including several of Alexander McQueen’s most notorious shows. They have also produced exhibitions like the Alexander McQueen’s retrospective Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York (2011) and Victoria & Albert Museum (2015), and Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (2012).