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Gluck Art and Identity

Black and white image of the artist Gluck
Gluck by Howard Coster

CfFC have worked with Brighton Museum on the exhibition, ‘Gluck: Art and Identity’ based on the life of Sussex-based artist, Gluck (Hannah Gluckstein, 1895 – 1978).

Focused on the artist’s biography, garments, ephemera and artworks which have been donated to Brighton Royal Pavilion and Museums but not exhibited until now, Gluck defied convention by wearing masculine-style tailored clothing to construct and articulate powerful self-identities. The exhibition is part of a wider project 'Wear it Out' that explores the cultural heritage of dress of LGBTQI+ communities in Sussex (1917 – 2017) looking at how dress is used to express identities and sexualities of individuals who identify as LGBTQI+.

Wear it Out is funded by the Heritage Lottery fund.

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Watch a short film where Martin talks about the Gluck collection at one of a series of Bitesize talks to accompany the exhibition.



  • Amy de la Haye

    Professor Amy de la Haye  

    Professor Amy de la Haye is a curator, academic and author. She is the Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Dress History & Curatorship at London College of Fashion and teaches on the MA Fashion Curation course. Amy co-curated the Gluck exhibition.

  • Portrait of Jeffrey Horsley
    Dr Jeffrey Horsley
    Jeffrey Horsley  

    Originally trained in Theatre Design Jeff worked as curator: design at Manchester Art Gallery. Following a PhD, completed in 2012, at London College of Fashion, Jeff has been post-doctoral research fellow, Centre for Fashion Curation, since 2015.  Jeff was exhibition-maker on the Gluck exhibition.

  • Curator dressing 2 mannequins with evening dress
    Gluck Art and Identity Exhibition
    Martin Pel  

    Fashion and Textiles Curator at Brighton Museum, Martin co-curated the exhibition.

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