Costume Society Ambassadors, Costume Society, News  |  March 31, 2016

Meet Out New Ambassadors!

Please welcome the final set of our Ambassadors for 2016:

I am a first year student of the MA History of Design course at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal College of Art, and have recently completed my first research project on a 19th century knitted stocking from Hungary. As part of my studies, I have the privilege of being able to work with museum objects and this experience has furthered my love of dress and textiles. Before beginning my MA, I had completed a BA in English and I can’t wait to combine my passions of fashion history and writing within my role as an Ambassador for The Costume Society. I have Hungarian roots (hence the stocking) and recently returned from living in Budapest. Through my role as an Ambassador, I hope to shed light on Central and Eastern European folk dress and particularly explore the ways in which folk dress is displayed and represented in museums and collections.
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Since graduating from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2011, I have worked for jewellery designer Shaun Leane, long-time collaborator with Alexander McQueen. Creating our online content has permitted me the immense privilege of working with our archive of jewellery and body sculpture, photographs and designs. My interest is in communicating this archive material to followers of the brand’s work in a fresh and exciting way. In 2015, I also oversaw the creation of a series of videos that accompanied pieces on display at ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ at the V&A.
My own area of interest is women’s dress in the 1920s, particularly sportswear, and the evolution of the modern woman. One of the many reasons I am so thrilled to be an Ambassador is the unique opportunity it offers to continue my own research and learn from the vast experience and knowledge of the society’s members.

I am studying Fashion and Dress History at the University of Brighton. Studying at Brighton has been an experience far exceeding my expectations and meeting fellow students who share my obsessions with vintage clothing and textiles has been fantastic. I am currently undertaking an internship at Kerry Taylor Auctions, which allows me to work with a treasure trove of couture pieces. I am am also a collections volunteer at The Novium Museum and am enjoying building my knowledge of curatorial processes and practices within the museum. I am particularly interested in fashion during the interwar period, especially within British, French and American couture industries and I will be writing my dissertation this year. I look forward to sharing my research with The Costume Society along the way and cannot wait to meet my fellow Ambassadors!

I am currently in my third year of the BA (hons) Fashion course at the Arts University Bournemouth and am originally from North London. My final major project is inspired by black history and specifically the Motown era, and I am creating my own brand and a collection of earrings. My interest in black history is influenced by my Caribbean heritage and this also inspired my dissertation, which examined the appropriation of black culture in fashion. Over the coming years, I would like to secure a job in industry and eventually undertake an MA in Cultural Studies which would allow me to further explore elements of black history and potentially progress to a career in journalism. Becoming an Ambassador for The Costume Society has given me a platform to share my knowledge of black representation in fashion and I look forward to offering my perspectives to our members.

  • Olivia Gecseg Costume Society Ambassador 2016
  • Natalie Tilbury Costume Society Ambassador 2016
  • Ruby Helms Costume Society Ambassador 2016
  • Jasmine Martin-Lord