New Editorial Team for Costume

New Editorial team for Costume 


With the end of 2018 the current editors of Costume, Valerie Cumming and Alexandra Kim, reach the end of their five-year contract. While Alexandra will continue as editor, Valerie will be stepping down and we are delighted to announce that our current book reviews editor, Christine Stevens, will take over her editorial role.  Taking over Christine’s current role as book reviews editor is Charlotte Nicklas.  The new team will work with Valerie to ensure a smooth transition until Costume 53:1 is published in March 2019.  

The editors are supported by a strong team of advisors, compilers and reviewers. Anna Buruma, Hilary Davidson and Imogen Stewart compile the regular lists of books, periodicals and new exhibitions respectively. The book reviews section of Costume is indebted to many colleagues whose expertise ensures informed and thoughtful analysis of recent publications. The editorial panel of the journal includes museum professionals, university academics and conservation colleagues from around the world, who offer a breadth of expertise, ensuring that Costume maintains its international reputation for publishing perceptive scholarly research. 


Alexandra Kim is a dress historian and museum curator who currently works for the City of Toronto, Canada, as a curator at Montgomery’s Inn.  In England she 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 the Secretary of the ICOM Costume Committee and co-author of the book The Dress Detective: A Practical Guide to Object-Based Research in Fashion (Bloomsbury 2015).  She is passionate about working with authors to bring their research to a wider audience and is looking forward to working with Christine and Charlotte in their new roles to involve more people with engaging and thought-provoking dress history. 


Christine Stevens has worked for over 35 years as a museum curator and collections manager, almost all of this at the Welsh National Museum of History, St Fagans, before four years as Head of Collections at Beamish Museum. Recently retired after eight years managing Library and central archive storage for Newcastle University, she has played important roles in the Dress and Textile Specialists in Museums (Chair), and the Society for Folk Life Studies (Treasurer and President). A long-time member of the Costume Society, she has served as a Trustee, chair of the programme subcommittee, and more recently as reviews editor for Costume. She is very much looking forward, though with some trepidation, to working with Alexandra to continue to produce the journal to the high standard established by Valerie and the other eminent previous editors.  


Charlotte Nicklas is Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton (UK), where she teaches history of fashion and dress to BA, MA, and PhD students. Nicklas has also worked in the Exhibitions Department at the Bard Graduate Center in New York and in the Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her main research interest is the history of dress and textiles in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She co-edited (with Annebella Pollen) Dress History: New Directions in Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) and has published articles in Costume and the Journal of Design History. She feels that this is an exciting period for dress history scholarship and is looking forward to working with reviewers as they appraise the variety of new publications.

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.