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 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 the everyday, oral history and curation, themes on which she has written and spoken. She has also worked in dress archives and on exhibitions, and is currently Exhibition Reviews Editor of Textile History. 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.