BiographyCaroline Stevenson is Head of Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion, providing academic leadership for the Cultural and Historical Studies Department and its curriculum across the college. A curator and writer, she works across the fields of contemporary art and fashion practice and has produced projects and programmed events for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, V&A Museum, ICA, Arcade East, the Barbican, Tate Britain, Tenderbooks, Kunstverein München, Dutch Design Week and a range of temporary spaces. Her curatorial practice focuses on collaborative exchange and dialogue through acts of listening, conversation and correspondence, and has been recognised through several grants from Arts Council England and the British Council.
Caroline is co-founder of Modus, a curatorial platform and research network for transdisciplinary approaches to fashion. Based at Onomatopee in Eindhoven (NL), Modus produces exhibitions, events and publications bringing together an international network of practitioners and institutions to create new thinking around fashion as a critical, expanded practice.
She publishes scholarly writing on artists and designers and writes and exhibits fiction and critical essays. Her research interests lie in histories of feminist curating and writing as a curatorial method, as well as the role of site specificity and creative labour in contemporary art and fashion practices. Current projects include a survey of the location and organisation of artist-led culture in London and a set of curatorial correspondences with contemporary artists and fashion designers via email, post, Zoom and online sharing.
She is a member of the UAL Research Centre for Fashion Curation and co-runs the Fashion Design and Visual Arts Research Hub at London College of Fashion. She convenes the seminar series Fashion//Politics in collaboration with faculty from Parsons Paris, and regularly comments on fashion history and trends for the media.
Caroline welcomes students for research supervision in the areas of curation, art and fashion practice, creative labour, fashion politics, design history, cultural studies and art theory.
- Stevenson C. Content (2010)
- Stevenson C. (I was there) when it all went down (2019)
- Stevenson C, Hoette R, Brauchli R. Modus (2018)
- Stevenson C. Fashioning the Contemporary Artist: The Spatial Biography of Sue Tompkins (2018)
- Stevenson C. Identity, research and the arts curriculum: Counterstorytelling as academic practice (2015)
Conference, Symposium or Workshop item
- Stevenson C, Laing M, Bartlett D, Pecorari M. Fashion / Politics: 20/21 Manifesto (2020)
- Stevenson C. Working in the Interzone: Fashion as Interdisciplinary Practice (2016)
- Stevenson C. What is Critical Fashion Practice (2015)
- Stevenson C. ‘Reading the landscape: The Performative Labour of Sue Tompkins and Matthew Damhave’ (2015)
- Stevenson C. What I talk about when I talk about my thoughts...Truth and Uncertainty in the Art and Design Institution (2013)
Current research students
- Anna Fitzpatrick, FASHIONING POLITICAL ACTORS: how can fashion be used to enable political agency in a shift towards a more democratic and sustainable society? (Joint supervisor)
Curation and culture