Nathaniel Dafydd Beard is Senior Lecturer and Course Director of MSc International Fashion Marketing at Coventry University London and a PhD Candidate (Fashion Womenswear), Department of Fashion and Textiles, School of Material, Royal College of Art. His work has been published in Fashion Theory: Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, Address – Journal of Fashion Writing and Criticism, BIAS: Journal of Dress Practice, Sexymachinery, and Arc and presented in papers at the universities of Brighton, Bologna, Helsinki, London, Oxford, Sheffield, and Warwick, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, London College of Fashion, Institut Français de la Mode (IFM), Paris, and the Costume Society. In September 2012 he convened Fashioning the City: Exploring Fashion Cultures, Structures, and Systems, the RCA’s first full-scale international, inter-disciplinary conference on fashion. www.fashioningthecity.wordpress.com
Alexis Romano is a New York based historian, writer and curator. Currently she is an adjunct lecturer at Parsons, The New School for Design. She was awarded her PhD (Dress History) from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2016. Her doctoral research situates the development of the French readymade clothing industry (1945-1968) against the country’s postwar reconstruction as well as shifting cultural ideologies, women’s identities, and conceptions of fashion and modernity. In addition, Alexis is interested in discussions of fashion in relation to fashion and vernacular photography, the everyday, oral history and curation, themes on which she has written and spoken. www.alexisromanoprojects.com
Ellen Sampson is a designer, artist and Curator based in London. Her work aims to cross the boundaries between fashion and fine art and to make objects that would be as comfortable in a gallery as on the catwalk. Her doctoral Research “Memory, Movement and Materiality: Footwear, Reciprocal Imprint and Embodied Memory” addresses the relationship between footwear, the body and memory: using theories of reciprocity and attachment to examine our relationship to worn objects. It explores how embodied memory moves between wearer and worn object creating a reciprocal dialogue and attachment between two agents. Her research is situated within current debates about materiality, objecthood and fashion the way that theoretical discourse can inform the creative process and the making of objects.
Lucia Savi has research interests which lie in twentieth-century textiles, fashion and design with a focus on Italy. Currently a PhD candidate at Kingston University, Lucia has significant experience in curating and publishing. She worked as Research Assistant on the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibitions Shoes: Pleasure and Pain (2015/2016), The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (2014) and she contributed to the accompanying publication with the chapters “La Moda in Vogue” and “Nattier: Textile Innovators”. In 2008 Lucia worked at the Courtauld Gallery on the exhibition Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshop 1913-19 (2009), and contributed to the accompanying catalogue.
Jenna Rossi-Camus is a fashion exhibition-maker, whose diverse background in design and performance informs her multi-faceted approach to curation. She works with museums, educational organizations and brands to develop and deliver fashion exhibitions and has recently completed a PhD at London College of Fashion’s Centre for Fashion Curation. Her research is focused on fashion graphic satire and her doctoral thesis explored site-responsiveness as a strategy for innovation in fashion curatorship. Her recent exhibition projects include T-Shirt: Cult, Culture, Subversion (Fashion & Textile Museum London), Fashion & Freedom (Manchester Art Gallery), Women, Fashion, Power (Design Museum) and Digital Encounters (Herbert Reade Gallery). Jenna earned an MA in Fashion Curation from the London College of Fashion in 2010 and is an associate lecturer at the Royal College of Art.
Jana Melkumova-Reynolds is an Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies at Chelsea College of Arts and London College of Fashion. Her research interests include fashion and/as prostheses, representations of ‘deviant’ bodies in lifestyle media, affect and the work of fashion intermediaries. Her writing has appeared in Fashion Theory, The Business of Fashion, SHOWstudio, Style Zeitgeist, Vogue, GQand a number of consumer publications and artist books. She was a co-founder of the conference Fashion // Intersections: Bodies, Cultures, Spaces, held at London College of Fashion. Before moving into academia, she had a 15-year career in the fashion industry where she worked as a fashion editor, buyer and strategic consultant. She is currently completing her PhD at King’s College London, where she also teaches.
Bethan Bide is a lecturer in Design and Cultural Theory at the University of Leeds. She is a fashion historian specialising in 20th century ready-to-wear, and is interested in themes of everyday fashion, fashion cities, sartorial biography and fashion in museums. In 2017, Bethan was awarded her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London, for her thesis entitled ‘Austerity fashion: rebuilding London fashion after the Second World War’. She also holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the London College of Fashion, and previously worked as a production coordinator and producer of radio comedy programmes.