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Judith Clark is a curator and exhibition-maker. She is Professor of Fashion and Museology at LCF and Course Leader for MA Fashion Curation.
Originally from Australia, Judith spent most of her youth in Rome, moving to London to study as an architect at the Bartlett. In 1997, she set up her West London costume gallery, the first non-profit experimental space dedicated to exhibiting dress. Since then Clark has curated 40 exhibitions of dress including 'Chloé.ATTITUDES', 'Anna Piaggi: Fashion-ology' and 'Spectres: When Fashion Turns Back'. She lectures widely on issues of dress display and fashion. Her latest publication Exhibiting Fashion: Before and After 1971, co-authored with her friend and colleague Professor Amy de la Haye, provides a timely insight into the rise of the fashion exhibition.
What inspires and excites you in terms of your area of practice?
This is a discipline that is growing beyond recognition both in terms of historical research and exhibition experiment, so though it draws on the expertise of the core staff it is exciting to see each year what the new perspectives the students bring to it.
What makes your course unique?
The MA Fashion Curation is one of the few courses in the world dedicated to the history and theory of exhibiting fashion. The course teaches its students about the history of dress, the theory of exhibiting and gives them hands on practical experience in this fascinating and developing subject. The student body it attracts is extremely diverse, which makes for interesting and far-reaching interpretations of the course content.
What do graduates of the course go on to do?
Many of our alumni students are now our colleagues working in museum settings at the V&A, Somerset House, The British Council and the Simone Handbag Museum in Seoul. Graduates also go on to have successful careers as freelance curators, archivists, writers, stylists and photographers.