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Dr Jeffrey Horsley

Research Fellow
London College of Fashion
Researcher Research
Jeffrey  Horsley


Jeffrey Horsley originally trained in theatre design completing a BA (Hons) Drama at
Manchester University and a PG Dip Theatre Design at Croydon College. Subsequently, Jeff
worked as Curator: Design at Manchester Art Gallery where he curated and commissioned
exhibitions focused on contemporary art and design including work by Derek Jarman, Peter
Saville, Central Station Design and Trojan. As Head of Exhibitions at Manchester Museum Jeff
created the exhibition Lindow Man which was awarded Design Week Best Temporary
Exhibition Design and the British Archaeological Association Award for Innovation.

Jeff returned to education, studying MA Fashion at Manchester Metropolitan University which
led to a PhD, completed in 2012, at London College of Fashion, which examined experimental
strategies for the presentation of fashion in museums, focusing on work at ModeMuseum,
Antwerp. Jeff has been Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Fashion Curation, LCF, since
2015 where his research interests focus on the history of fashion exhibitions, experimental
approaches to exhibiting fashion and fashion, exhibitions and biography. Jeff is also Course Leader, MA Fashion Curation, London College of Fashion.

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Exhibiting Fashion: exhibition-making and curation as a catalyst for advancing innovative museum practices, £202,766.40, (2021-2023)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, AHRC PhD
  • Arts Council North West, Alchemy, £220,000.00, (NaN-NaN)
  • Arts Council North West, Alchemy, £220,000.00, (NaN-NaN)


Current research students

  • Louise Chapman, How can immersive theatre techniques and costume practice interventions be employed to communicate the narratives of the Kate Elizabeth Bunce Collection through dress display? (Joint supervisor)
  • Antonis Daikos, Re/Load: Fashion and the Gender-neutral Dream. (Joint supervisor)
  • Colleen Hill, Wearing the Wunderkammer: Curiosity and the Collection, Design, and Display of Fashion (Joint supervisor)
  • Nichola-Jane Hodgkinson (Stevenson), Nostalgia and The Now: A critical and practice-based investigation into curating period film costume and contemporaneous fashion (1967-1975) in an exhibition context (Joint supervisor)
  • Cyana Madson, Biography and fashion collections: Developing a dress-specific acquisition methodology. (Lead supervisor)

Past research students

  • Matteo Augello, How Italian fashion is collected, preserved and analysed: unfolding the relationship between scholarship and production in the establishment of fashion collections in Italy, 1995-2015. (Joint supervisor)


Curation and culture