The University of Brighton has taken a leading role in twenty-first century scholarship in dress and fashion history. Following on from the publication of Professor Emerita Lou Taylor’s The Study of Dress History (2002), and Establishing Dress History (2005), a series of influential texts examining new approaches and methodologies have been appeared, including Dress history: new directions in theory and practice (Dr Charlotte Nicklas and Dr Annebella Pollen, 2015), Advertising Menswear: masculinities and fashion in the British media since 1945 (Professor Paul Jobling, 2014) and Fashion and Everyday Life (Professor Cheryl Buckley and Professor Hazel Clark, [Parsons School of Design, New York], 2017).
An important element of our work, researchers have consulted on the collection and display of dress and clothing collections, working closely with a number of museums including: the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery Dress Collection; Smallhythe Place Dress Collection (National Trust); and the Hampshire County Council Dress Collection.
Centre members Professor Lou Taylor and Dr Charlotte Nicklas are on the Steering Committee of the RIG-ACORSO (Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique – Apparences, Corps & Société / Research Interest Group – Appearances, Body and Society), overseen by the University of Rennes 2, France. Involving academics and curators from across Europe, the group’s aim is to encourage cross-cultural, multidisciplinary exchange and research about the role of dress and appearance in historical and contemporary societies.