Costume Society Ambassadors, Costume Society, News  |  March 17, 2016

Meet Our New Ambassadors!

It is already 2016, and with a new year comes new ambassadors for The Costume Society ! We are all very pleased to have them on board, and look forward to reading their work. Please welcome : 



My earliest memories are of visiting museums and dressing up in bonnets and crinolines. The love of dressing up never left me and I continue to wear vintage clothing from the 1940s and 50s. This passion has transferred to my museum career and I have a background in Irish fashion history, particularly Irish fashion during W.W.2. I am based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and have recently completed a MA Museum Studies, concentrating on the material and social culture surrounding Irish fashion in the 20th century. I am honoured to have been chosen as an Ambassador for The Costume Society and hope to highlight the under researched area of Irish fashion history to a wider audience as part of my role. Additionally, I look forward to meeting my fellow ambassadors and members of The Costume Society and to sharing my love of fashion history.

Contact: Twitter @NylonsAndAll


I recently graduated from university where I completed both a BA in History and an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies. I am particularly interested in the history of menswear, and chose to focus my final dissertation on the character of Beau Brummell and his influence upon fashion during the early nineteenth century. Since leaving university I have worked at different historic institutions, and have recently completed a few months work on the Heritage Lottery Fund project The John Bright Historic Costume Collection Revealed. It was a great opportunity that allowed me to work closely with some beautiful clothes and learn  about mounting historic costumes for display and photography. I am currently working as a Curatorial Assistant in Henley, learning all about the different aspects of curatorial and  conservation work. I’m very excited to be part of this year’s Ambassador Team and am looking forward to getting stuck into costume history again!

Contact: LinkedIn / Twitter @_ruby_valentine


I am a final year PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, researching the Influence of British Rule on Elite Indian Menswear: The Birth of the Sherwani. After completing my Master’s degree in Textiles and Clothing at Delhi University (Lady Irwin College) in 1996, I  have amassed experience as a designer, consultant and academic in India and beyond, travelling extensively in India, USA and Europe. I taught at NIFT (National Institute of  Fashion Technology), New Delhi from 2005 to 2011 as an associate professor; after which I did a short course from the University of Oxford in Archaeological textiles in 2012. I have also been associated with the Centre of Textile Research, Denmark. My interests include history of textiles, dress and fashion. I love to study cross-cultural influences that lead to  changes in textile and clothing preferences and this is what brings me to the Costume Society, UK.

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