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) and is the TrAIN/V&A Fellow in the Research Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Tulloch was the Principal Investigator of the Dress and the African Diaspora Network, an international endeavour to develop critical thinking on this subject. Tulloch’s knowledge of this area of study has led to appearances on television and radio. Her research interests include dress and textiles associated with the African diaspora, material and visual culture, writing and curating.

 

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.

 

Jane Munro

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.