Meet our Ambassadors!

4 March 2015

Emile Denichaud, Sarah-Mary Geissler, Jamie Robinson and Dr Benjamin Wild

Emile Denichaud

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”M.Proust

As a full-time PhD candidate at the University of the Arts London I currently divide my time between London & Tokyo. Ricocheting back and forth, allows fresh perspectives through which I can fully appreciate these dynamic cityscapes whilst reaching for an intimate understanding of the current Zeitgeist. Within the context of my East-meets-West approach, I am hoping to contribute relevant new insights to the Costume Society [as a newly appointed ambassador], reporting on cultural and aesthetic developments in each of these key fashion cities, while deepening my understanding of the poly-centric fashion industry.

Sarah-Mary Geissler

Hello, my name is Sarah-Mary Geissler and I am ecstatic to be chosen as part of the team of Costume Society Ambassadors. Currently I am undertaking 2nd year of BA Fashion and Dress History at Brighton University, transferring from 1st year of BA Fashion Design. For 8 months I volunteered in the costume department of Beamish, the living museum of the North, to further my knowledge of historic clothing and to become a canny seamstress.
I am intrigued by the communicative properties of clothing, the way any outfit can be laden with layers of meaning. Sub-culture street style, fancy dress, haute-couture and everything in between fascinate me! I feel social media is revolutionising the way we learn about the past and I am excited to represent the Costume Society as an Ambassador and to share my observations, experiences and research with people equally as passionate about clothing.

Jamie Robinson

Greetings from Scotland.  My name is Jamie Robinson, I am studying towards my Masters in Textile Conservation at the University of Glasgow and am thrilled to be a part of the Costume Society’s Ambassador scheme.  At the Centre for Textile Conservation I have the privilege of working with some truly extraordinary textile objects, often snaffled away in museum stores, their condition too poor to make them accessible.  Conservators, like the objects they treat, tend to be buried in laboratories, away from public view.  The science and artistry that go into making museum objects safe and presentable gets little publicity beyond the conservation profession.  Through the Ambassador programme I hope to bring my enthusiasm for the preservation of historic costume and textiles to the Costume Society, as well as offering a few behind the scene glimpses from the conservation lab to a wider audience.

Dr Benjamin Wild

I am a fashion historian and guest lecturer at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, London. I have published widely on the subject of fashion and material culture and have given fashion-related talks at the Victoria & Albert Museum and National Portrait Gallery. More recently, I have written and presented for BBC Radio 3. I am under contract with Thames & Hudson for my second book, A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton.

I am really excited to be acting as an ambassador for the Society in its fiftieth year. In this role, I hope to bring my educational experience, enthusiasm, expertise and contacts to help the Society and its members engage with more people and the fashion industry more specifically. I shall also be seeking out opportunities to share two of my main fashion interests: menswear and fancy dress!

Emile Denichaud, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Emile Denichaud, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Sarah-Mary Geissler, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Sarah-Mary Geissler, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Jamie Robinson, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Jamie Robinson, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Dr Benjamin Wild, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Dr Benjamin Wild, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

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