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Professor Alistair O'Neill

Central Saint Martins
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Alistair  O'Neill


Alistair O’Neill is a fashion historian, curator and Professor of Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London). His publications include London: After a Fashion (2007) and the exhibitions he has curated include Exploding Fashion: from 2D to 3D to 3D animation (2022/23, MoMu, Antwerp) and Guy Bourdin: Image Maker (2014, Somerset House, London). He acts as a museum consultant on fashion exhibitions (Victoria and Albert Museum, Uffizi Galleries, MoMu, Design Museum, The Photographers' Gallery, Musée de la civilization, Museum of London, Somerset House, National Portrait Gallery), sits on the editorial board of Fashion Theory, Film, Fashion and Consumption, and Dune; and writes regularly for Aperture magazine.

He is currently preparing an exhibition on British gay physique for The Photographers' Gallery, London (2 March - 11 June 2023).

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Exploding Fashion: Cutting, Constructing and Thinking Through Things, £253,674.41, (2018-2020)
  • AHRC, Conservation, cataloguing and indexing of journals held as part of the Emap archive, £110,160.00, (2003-2005)

Research Outputs

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Current research students

  • Sally Bolton, The Fashion Image from 1999-2017 (Lead supervisor)
  • Cassie Davies-Strodder, Wardrobes: The challenge of personal collections of clothing in fashion studies and art and design museums (Lead supervisor)
  • Lianne Piroddi, Recording the fashioned-self on Instagram: What is the significance of becoming image to our experience of time and how will this continue to influence future consumption behaviours? (Lead supervisor)
  • Ellen Rogers, Recasting Melancholia in Western Fashion Photography: Why Does the Sad Girl Sell? (Lead supervisor)
  • Elizabeth Way, Respectable: A Theoretical Exhibition on Black American Women, Fashion, and Respectability Politics, 1865-1930 (Lead supervisor)