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Professor Claire Wilcox

Chair in Fashion Curation
London College of Fashion
Researcher Research
Claire  Wilcox


Claire Wilcox was Senior Curator of Fashion at the V&A since 2004 where she had overall responsibility for collections, programming and research, before taking up a two-year secondment to LCF in 2013. She has curated many exhibitions at the V&A including Radical Fashion (2001), Vivienne Westwood (2004), The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 (2007) and From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s (2013). She instigated Fashion in Motion (live catwalk events in the Museum) in 1999.

She has published widely, most recently The V&A Gallery of Fashion, to accompany the refurbishment and redisplay of the Museum’s permanent fashion display for which she was Lead Curator. She was Lead Curator (V&A) for the Europeana Digital Fashion Project (co-funded under the CIP ICT-PSP program and composed of 22 partners from 12 European countries representing leading European institutions and collections in the fashion domain). She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and on the Editorial Board of Fashion Theory.

I am based in the V&A’s Research Department, working on a major exhibition of one of the most significant British designers of the 20th century and editing the accompanying publication. I am developing a programme of college based events and projects associated with this exhibition, in collaboration with LCF colleagues.

Research Outputs


  • Sandino L, Partington M, Toop D, McMillan M, Furnee B, Horton I, Handal A, Gates D, Candida Smith R, Bruchet L, Kirwin L, Ritchie AG, Clarke J, Flegg E, Cvetkovich A, Turney J, Buckel NR, Wilcox C, Suterwalla S, Tamboukou M, Oak A. Oral History in the Visual Arts (2013)

Book Section


Current research students

  • Alberto Atalla Filho, Changing Gender: the influence of men’s tailoring on gender stereotypes in British fashion,1800–1850 (Lead supervisor)
  • Michelle Patricia Hanks, I am a knitter: handknitting in a digitally-mediated society (Joint supervisor)
  • Babette Radclyffe-Thomas, A decade of Vogue China: Constructing Modern Fashion Identities in a Chinese Fashion Magazine. (Lead supervisor)
  • Emma Treleaven, The English Leather Industry and the Production and Consumption of Fashionable Leather Goods, 1850-1950