Meet More of Our New Ambassadors for 2018!

27 February 2018

This time around, please welcome our ambassadors for 2018 Casci Ritchie, Emma Kelly and Katy Canales.

Casci Ritchie

My obsession with fashion started when I watched my first film noir, The Big Sleep. I was completely in awe of Lauren Bacall's houndstooth suit so my mum encouraged me take up sewing classes at night school and I started making my own designs. Since then, I have completed a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design for Industry and an MA in Fashion Bodywear. Most recently I graduated from University of Glasgow with an MLitt in Dress and Textile Histories. As my dissertation topic, I focused on the impact of Hollywood cinema on the women of Glasgow's clothing during the 1940s. Since then I have continued to develop my passion for twentieth-century fashion from creation to consumption with a particular interest in Hollywood costume design, consumer and popular culture.

Since graduating I have continued my research, starting a project which focuses on the origins of music star Prince's style. I presented my research at the first Prince academic conference last year and consequently my paper will be included in an upcoming Prince academic anthology. Currently, I am developing my research and will be travelling to Prince's home city of Minneapolis to present at the Prince from Minneapolis conference in April 2018. I am over the moon to join the team of Costume Society ambassadors and looks forward to sharing my love of dress history with a wide and varied audience.



Emma Kelly

I am a recent graduate from the BA Fashion and Dress History course at the University of Brighton, however my real introduction to fashion and dress history happened whilst I was studying in Dublin. A short, one term module focusing on 20th century fashion sparked my interest in studying dress history and led me to apply to the University of Brighton.

A summer spent working with the Southeast Costume Company, a company based in Atlanta that specializes in costume for film and TV, cemented my love of costume and vintage fashion and really paid dividends during my degree and post university life. My BA was truly an amazing experience as I found myself working with primary sources, tackling new topics and surrounded by like-minded people.  My dissertation entitled Translating a Transatlantic Journey: The Role of Costume in John Crowleys 2015 Film Adaptation Brooklyn , allowed me to combine two of my key areas of interest, film costume and Irish dress history. As a Costume Society ambassador, I am looking forward to delving back into these topics, and other areas of interest for future blog posts. This exciting role will allow me to have a platform from which I can learn from and interact with others, particularly my fellow ambassadors.



Katy Canales

Katy is Acting Curator at the V&A Museum of Childhood where she has worked for three years. The Museum holds the UK's National Childhood Collection of children's clothing and it is this collection that Katy has specialised in and is responsible for. Katy is the curatorial lead for a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions and displays. Current research is in Nordic design for children, Early Years play and representations of gender in children's material culture. Katy has worked in the museum sector for eight years. She's worked for the Museums, Libraries and Arts Council, National Army Museum and across the following V&A Museum departments: Furniture, Textiles and Fashion, Metalwork and Ceramics, the National Art Library and the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Previously Katy worked in PR for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, Oxfam and the Notting Hill Housing Trust. Katy holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, an M.A. (hons) for History of Art and Architecture from the University of Glasgow and a Fine Art Foundation from The Slade, University College London.

Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Casci Ritchie

Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Casci Ritchie

Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Emma Kelly

Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Emma Kelly

Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Katy Canales

Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Katy Canales


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