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Professor Judith Clark

Professor of Fashion and Museology
London College of Fashion
Researcher Research
Judith  Clark


Judith 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.

Recent exhibitions include The Concise Dictionary of Dress (with Adam Phillips) at Blythe House, London, commissioned by Artangel; and Diana Vreeland after Diana Vreeland at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, and Chloe. Attitudes (Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2012).

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). Recently published with Yale University Press is Exhibiting Fashion: Before and After 1971, co-authored with Amy de la Haye.

My research looks at the relationship between fashion history and theory and exhibition-making. I am continuing experimental curatorial work carried out since 1997 at the Judith Clark Costume Gallery and have more recently applied those ideas to museum space/scale.

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Current research students

  • Antonios Daikos, Re/Load: Fashion and the Gender-neutral Dream. (Lead supervisor)
  • Circe Ellison, Deviant Muses: De-stigmatization of Disability, Through Fashion, Dress and Identity (Lead supervisor)
  • Lisa Mason, Dress based superstitions: rituals, myths and practical wisdom; a practice based investigation of exhibition making through superstitions and their relationships with dress. (Lead supervisor)
  • Eanna Mary Morrison Barrs, Unlocking Archives: Investigating the Power and Potential of the Fashion Archive (Lead supervisor)
  • Jennifer Rossi-Camus, Curating the Fashion Victim: Establishing Strategies for Exhibition-Making towards the Presentation of Fashion and Humour in Museums and Galleries. (Lead supervisor)
  • Maria Jose Sacchetti, Minimal aesthetic: The relationships between fashion and retail architecture in New York and Paris, from 1964 to the present day. (Lead supervisor)
  • Shirley Van De Polder, Liminal Affections, or a practice-led exploration on the influence of encounters in the in-between: shapes of associative thinking in 20th and 21st century European and American art, curation, film, literature and theatre (Lead supervisor)

Past research students

  • Jeffrey Horsley, Embedding the Personal: the construction of a 'fashion autobiography' as a museum exhibition, informed by innovative practice and ModeMuseum, Antwerp. (Lead supervisor)