Costume Society Ambassadors, Costume Society, News  |  March 31, 2017

Meet our new Ambassadors!

Please welcome our ambassadors for 2017. First up Rachel Sayers,  Victoria Haddock and Olivia Gecseg.

Rachel Sayers

About Rachel: Rachel Sayers is an independent Curator and Dress Historian based in Northern Ireland.  Rachel's main interests in dress history are 20th century Irish dress, World War II fashion and the links between nostalgia and memory in the wearing of vintage fashion. Rachel has recently completed a project for the HMS Caroline National Museum of the Royal Navy on the role of Irish women in the Women's Royal Naval Service.  The project focused on how women felt and thought about when they wore the WRNS uniform and their experiences in the service.  Rachel is continuing in the role of Costume Society Ambassador for 2017, having made some great contributions in 2016.

Victoria Haddock

About Me:  I am a Conservation Assistant at the National Trust's Killerton House, where I have the privilege of working with and caring for the historic interior and the large costume collection.  I have previously worked at the Gallery of Costume and as a volunteer at Manchester Art Gallery and I have a real passion for decorative arts, especially dress. I am looking forward to starting my MA in the History of Design and Material Culture at the University of Brighton in September. Becoming an Ambassador for the Costume Society in 2017 will allow me to share my knowledge of film costumes and historic dress, whilst also learning from my interactions with our new members through social media and the blogs.

Olivia Gecseg

About Me: Soon to be completing the second year of the Royal College of Art/V&A Museum History of Design MA course, I am excited to be continuing in this role as a Costume Society Ambassador for 2017!  I have recently returned from a three month research trip in Hungary, where I collected material for my dissertation on the use of Hungarian folk dress forms in late socialist fashion designs, from 1968 to 1980.  Inspiration for this topic came from studying a nineteenth century Hungarian folk stocking in the first term, for which I was awarded the Gillian Naylor Essay Prize in Memory of Tom Naylor.  I am currently volunteering in the V & A Museum's Textile Department and am looking forward to having many stories to share about my experiences.

  • Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2017, Rachel Sayers
  • Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2017, Victoria Haddock
  • Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2017, Olivia Gecseg