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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 Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! (2013, Somerset House, London) and Guy Bourdin: Image Maker (2014, Somerset House, London). He acts as a museum consultant on fashion exhibitions, sits on the editorial board of Fashion Theory, Film, Fashion and Consumption, and Dune; and writes regularly for Aperture magazine.

Research interests: twentieth century and contemporary fashion; fashion and photography; fashion curation and histories of display; menswear; London as a fashion city.

He is currently preparing the exhibition, Exploding Fashion: making, unmaking and remaking twentieth century fashion, for MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp for 2022.

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)