Professor Claire Wilcox

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Chair in Fashion Curation Member of the Centre for Fashion Curation

London College of Fashion

Biography

Claire Wilcox was Senior Curator of Fashion at the V&A since 2004 where she had overall responsibility for collections, programming and research, before taking up a two-year secondment to LCF in 2013. She has curated many exhibitions at the V&A including Radical Fashion (2001), Vivienne Westwood (2004), The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 (2007) and From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s (2013). She instigated Fashion in Motion (live catwalk events in the Museum) in 1999. 

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 (co-funded under the CIP ICT-PSP program and composed of 22 partners from 12 European countries representing leading European institutions and collections in the fashion domain). She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and on the Editorial Board of Fashion Theory.

Research interests

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.

Students

Babette Radclyffe-Thomas, A decade of Vogue China: Constructing Modern Fashion Identities in a Chinese Fashion Magazine.

Research statement

I am based in the V&A’s Research Department, working on a major exhibition of one of the most significant British designers of the 20th century and editing the accompanying publication. I am developing a programme of college based events and projects associated with this exhibition, in collaboration with LCF colleagues.

Selected research outputs

  • Victoria and Albert Museum Gallery of Fashion

    Wilcox, Claire (2012) Victoria and Albert Museum Gallery of Fashion. [Show/Exhibition]

  • Edward Scissorhands

    Wilcox, Claire (2015) Edward Scissorhands. In: Alexander McQueen. V&A Publishing, London, pp. 25-33. ISBN 9781851778270

  • Plato's Atlantis: Anatomy of a Collection

    Wilcox, Claire (2015) Plato's Atlantis: Anatomy of a Collection. In: Alexander McQueen. V&A Publishing, London, pp. 83-103. ISBN 9781851778270

  • Oral History in the Visual Arts

    Sandino, Linda and Partington, Matthew and Toop, David and McMillan, Michael and Furnee, Bettina and Horton, Ian and Handal, Alexandra and Gates, David and Candida Smith, Richard and Bruchet, Liz and Kirwin, Liza and Ritchie, Anne G and Clarke, John and Flegg, Eleanor and Cvetkovich, Ann and Turney, Jo and Buckel, Natalya R and Wilcox, Claire and Suterwalla, Shehnaz and Tamboukou, Maria and Oak, Arlene (2013) Oral History in the Visual Arts. Berg, London and New York. ISBN 978-0-8578-5197-0

  • Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

    Wilcox, Claire, V&A (2015) Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. [Show/Exhibition]