Professor Judith Clark
Professor of Fashion and Museology
London College of Fashion
BiographyJudith Clark is professor of Fashion and Museology at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts. She is one of the two co-founders of the Centre for Fashion Curation (CfFC) and is internationally recognised across academia, museums, galleries, industry and the press. She has curated major exhibitions at the V&A in London, Mode Museum in Antwerp, Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City, and Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa, Getaria.
In July 2012 she opened the first museum of Handbags in Seoul, South Korea, documented in a publication Handbags: The making of a Museum (Yale University Press). In 2015 Clark designed and curated the inaugural exhibition at La Galerie Louis Vuitton at Asnières.
Exhibitions include The Concise Dictionary of Dress (with Adam Phillips) at Blythe House, London, commissioned by Artangel; Diana Vreeland after Diana Vreeland at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, and Chloe. Attitudes (Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2012) which was updated in 2017 to Chloé: Femininities which involved creating a new archive exhibit at the new Maison Chloe in Paris. More recent exhibitions include The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined curated for the Barbican Art Gallery in 2016, which travelled to the Winterpalais in Vienna and ModeMuseum, Hasselt (2017). In 2019 she curated and designed Lanvin : Dialogues, that celebrated 130 years of the Paris fashion house at the Fosun Foundation in Shanghai (the research will become a book published by La Martiniere in 2022); and in 2020, Memos. On Fashion in This Millennium with curator Maria Luisa Frisa at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan.
In 2018 Clark curated and designed the fashion section of the first edition of Homo Faber at the Fondazione Cini in Venice. During the process she became an Associate in Historic Carving at City and Guilds Art School of London as well as London Ambassador for the Michelangelo Foundation. Her project for the second edition of Homo Faber opened in April 2022, looking at the intersections between luxury crafts, entitled ‘The Genealogies of Ornament’.
In 2020 Clark opened a new studio in London J.Clark Space, in which to carry out and document practice-based research.