Centre for Fashion Curation

Gluck Smock: Brighton Museum Collection. Image by Tessa Hallman.
Gluck Smock: Brighton Museum Collection. Image by Tessa Hallman.
French men’s court coat, 1810-15, from Martin Kamer’s collection.
Image: The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined curated by Judith Clark. French men’s court coat, 1810-15, from Martin Kamer’s collection.
Cabinets from the exhibition.
Image: Cabinet Stories was devised by Alison Moloney and commissioned along with Jessamine Tierney from the Social Responsibility team. Photo by Hannah Puskarz.”

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Mannequin parade at Lucile, 23 Hanover Square, London, 1913
Mannequin parade at Lucile, 23 Hanover Square, London, 1913

London Couture: British Luxury 1923-1975 edited by Amy de la Haye and Edwina Ehrman. With permission from V&A Publishing.

Centre for Fashion Curation (CfFC) is a world-leading centre in the field of fashion curation.

It responds to the increasing demand for academic research into, and exhibitions of, fashion. It provides a unique catalyst and platform for research, exhibitions, symposiums, workshops and publications. We actively forge close partnerships with global, national and regional museums, galleries, archives, private collections, conservators, creative and commercial industries and publishers to support the theory and practice of the discipline in its broadest sense.

Garments are especially distinctive as a media in museological and exhibition contexts. Seemingly dramatic, or even mundane, they can be complex to display and interpret (without the animate body) and deeply poignant as evidence of lives lived. It is this often ephemeral nature of fashion that we aim to explore and present in our research outcomes.

CfFC objectives involve challenging and developing curatorial theory and practices by demonstrating and enabling rigorous, innovative and experimental work within the discipline. We aim to support fashion studies research and curation through:

  • distinctive, world-leading responses to museological and exhibition interventions
  • developing solutions to displaying dress that is embedded in rigorous research around the subject
  • approaching objects for display in different ways, animating them, often through simple solutions, or complex narratives, and interpretations
  • interrogating avenues of research to aid understanding of historical and contemporary fashion dynamics, future design and histories, and curatorial trajectories.

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Based at London College of Fashion (LCF), the Centre for Fashion Curation is Directed by internationally acclaimed acclaimed exhibition maker Professor Judith Clark and curator and dress historian Professor Amy de la Haye. LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery, curated by Ligaya Salazar, the International Exhibitions Programme, curated by Alison Moloney, and the Archives, managed by Susannah Cordner, are central to its activities, as are the professional activities of University of the Arts London and the wider communities of curators, archivists, conservators and students.