Reader in Fashion Fashion History and Theory Pathway Leader, Fashion Programme Member of PARC Research Centre
Central Saint Martins
Central Saint Martins
Twentieth century and contemporary fashion, fashion photography in relation to visual culture, fashion curation and histories of display, London as a centre for fashion cultures.
My research as a writer and curator deals with the representation of metropolitan fashion cultures and the role of surviving material culture and photography in this account. London- after a fashion (Reaktion Books, 2007) considers the relationship between fashion and modernity in twentieth century London.
I have worked as a curatorial consultant for Somerset House Trust since the implementation of its contemporary exhibitions programme in 2008. This has centred on fashion exhibitions including the co-curation of SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution (2009), Valentino: Master of Couture (2012), Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! (2013) and Guy Bourdin: Image Maker (2014)
My work is motivated by working in a fashion programme in an art school, as it offers a mode of interpretation closely aligned to the concerns of design and make, engaging theories and practices. My teaching is closely aligned to my research projects and my students participate as part of their course.
I am currently working on two major exhibitions for 2017/18 for Somerset House and the Design Museum, London.
Sally Bolton, The Death of the Fashion Image.
Nathalie Khan, An Examination of the Role of Contemporary Fashion Media on the Representation of Surviving Dress.
Matteo Molinari, Crocheting Cultures: contemporary craft practice in Italy and United Kingdom
Francesca Granata, The Bakhtinian Grotesque in Fashion Design from 1980 to the Present. PhD completed 2010.
Maria Jose Sacchetti, Minimal aesthetic: The relationships between fashion and retail architecture in New York and Paris, from 1964 to the present day. PhD completed 2014.
O'Neill, Alistair (2015) The Shining and Chic. In: Alexander McQueen. V&A Publishing, London, UK, pp. 261-280. ISBN 9781851778270
O'Neill, Alistair (2015) Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story. [Show/Exhibition]
O'Neill, Alistair (2014) Guy Bourdin: Image Maker. [Show/Exhibition]
O'Neill, Alistair (2014) Uneasy Bedfellows. In: Aperture. Aperture Foundation, New York. ISBN 978-1-59711-282-6
O'Neill, Alistair and Marshall, Shonagh (2013) Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! [Show/Exhibition]
O'Neill, Alistair (2013) A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose: Essay. In: Valentino Master of Couture: A Private View. Rizzoli, New York. ISBN 9780847840601
O'Neill, Alistair and Kinmonth, Patrick and Monfreda, Antonio (2012) Valentino: Master of Couture. [Show/Exhibition]
O'Neill, Alistair (2012) A display of ‘articles of clothing, for immediate, personal, or domestic use': fashion at the great exhibition. In: Fashion and Art. Berg Publishers, London, pp. 189-200. ISBN 9781847887849
O'Neill, Alistair and Catterall, Claire and Martin, Penny, SHOWstudio (2009) SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution. [Show/Exhibition]
O'Neill, Alistair (2007) London: after a fashion. Reaktion, London, UK. ISBN 9781861893154, 1861893159