Professor Judith Clark

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Professor of Fashion and Museology

London College of Fashion

Biography

Judith is one of the two co-founders of the Centre for Fashion Curation (CfFC) and is internationally recognised across academia, museums, galleries, industry and the press. She has curated major exhibitions at the V&A in London, Mode Museum in Antwerp, Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Palazzo Pitti, Florence.

Recent exhibitions include The Concise Dictionary of Dress (with Adam Phillips) at Blythe House, London, commissioned by Artangel; and Diana Vreeland after Diana Vreeland at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, and Chloe. Attitudes (Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2012).

In July 2012 she opened the first museum of Handbags in Seoul, South Korea, documented in a publication Handbags: The making of a Museum (Yale University Press). Recently published with Yale University Press is Exhibiting Fashion: Before and After 1971, co-authored with Amy de la Haye.

Research interests

Curating fashion, exhibition design, display history and theory, fashion history and theory, museology.

Research statement

My research looks at the relationship between fashion history and theory and exhibition-making. I am continuing experimental curatorial work carried out since 1997 at the Judith Clark Costume Gallery and have more recently applied those ideas to museum space/scale.

Students

Current students & thesis titles

Antonios Daikos, Re/Load: Fashion and the Gender-neutral Dream.

Jennifer Rossi-Camus, Curating the Fashion Victim: Establishing Strategies for Exhibition-Making towards the Presentation of Fashion and Humour in Museums and Galleries.

Maria Jose Sacchetti, Minimal aesthetic: The relationships between fashion and retail architecture in New York and Paris, from 1964 to the present day.

Susan Postlethwaite, Making through critical thinking: sustainable fashion practice as research to inform fashion teaching / The developing & sharing of fashion futures – making through thinking.

Completed students & thesis titles

Jeffrey Horsley, Embedding the Personal: the construction of a 'fashion autobiography' as a museum exhibition, informed by innovative practice and ModeMuseum, Antwerp.

Selected research outputs