New Editorial Team

The current editors of Costume, Penelope Byrde and Verity Wilson, will reach the end of their five-year contract in December 2013. They are delighted to announce that they will be succeeded by Valerie Cumming and Alexandra Kim as from 1 January 2014, with Christine Stevens continuing as Book Reviews Editor. The new team will start working alongside the present editors to ensure a smooth transition.

‘This is excellent news for the Costume Society and its journal’ says Penelope Byrde. ‘With such a distinguished and experienced pair of specialist historians as the new editors, Costume will undoubtedly go from strength to strength.’ Verity Wilson adds: ‘The new appointees will bring fresh insights into the editorial process and will continue to develop the journal as one of the premier publications for dress studies.’

VALERIE CUMMING is a dress and social historian who has edited books and articles alongside her own publications for many years. Previously Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of London, she was Chairman of the Costume Society from 2004 to 2009 and has been an editorial panel member of Costume since 2010. She is Chairman of the Olive Matthews Collection at Chertsey Museum, and a trustee of the Bullard and Callow trusts at the Museums Association. She is delighted to be following in the footsteps of Ann Saunders, Penelope Byrde and Verity Wilson whose memorable contributions to Costume have set a very high standard.

ALEXANDRA KIM is a dress historian and museum curator who has worked at Kensington Palace, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Chertsey Museum and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford on a range of collections and display projects, including the Enchanted Palace at Kensington. She is a board member of the ICOM Costume Committee and formerly served on the Costume Society Committee 2008-2012.  Alexandra currently lives in Toronto, Canada where she is working on a variety of dress-related teaching and research projects. She is looking forward to working with her fellow editor Valerie Cumming, Maney Publishing and prospective authors to produce a journal filled with a scholarly, lively mix of articles.

Costume is published on behalf of the Costume Society by Edinburgh University Press, an academic publisher that nurtures strong relationships with societies. Details about the journal and subscriptions can be found on the EUP website.   

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