Bethan Bide, Lucie Whitmore and Maddi Puleston
We are excited this week to be introducing you to our new team of ten Ambssadors who will be working wth us thoughout 2015, so welcome to:
As both a dress historian and an enthusiastic home sewer, I am a firm believer in the power of clothes as a tool for telling overlooked stories. During my time as an ambassador, I am looking forward to opening up dialogues between the worlds of academics and fashion practitioners, both amateur and professional, in order to explore how cultures of fashionable making shape the way we live.
I am currently an AHRC CDA funded PhD candidate, working on a project about ‘Austerity Fashion’ in post-war London in conjunction with the Museum of London and Royal Holloway, University of London. I have previously completed an MA in the History and Culture of Fashion at the London College of Fashion, and a BA in English at the University of Cambridge. When not poking around boxes of old stockings, I have worked as a costume designer, tour manager, and a researcher, writer and producer for BBC radio.
As a PhD student studying dress history I spend a lot of my time rummaging through costume collections, visiting exhibitions and browsing historical archives, and I am thrilled to be able to share some of my findings with the costume community in my new role as a Costume Society Ambassador for 2015.
I have lived in Scotland for the past seven years, studying towards a degree in Textile Design and then an MLitt in Dress & Textile History, with various design-related jobs in between. I look forward to sharing posts on Scotland’s rich textile heritage, as well some of the great collections this country has to offer. My PhD research is focused on the scope and significance of the 'intangible history' of dress - those invisible but utterly compelling stories that accompany historic garments. I am particularly interested in women's fashion from the First World War – so expect lots of military trimmings and trench coats!
My name is Maddi Puleston, I have just finished studying for my undergraduate degree in English at Exeter University, and I work for Duke’s Auctioneers in Dorset.
As a teenager I realised that my fascination with clothing was more intense than is practical. I was more likely to have a silk scarf for every day of the week than a raincoat, the majority of garments in my wardrobe weren't my size, and I owned in excess of fifty bras.
Eventually I grew out of wearing evening gowns as lounge wear (unfortunately), but kept an interest in clothing and the stories garments tell. I am lucky enough to have a job where I come into contact with an incredible range of textiles and costume - which makes every day a learning curve. Writing for the Costume Society will be the perfect way to approach and share these discoveries. I am especially looking forward to learning from the other ambassadors about their fields of study and different perspectives on the world of costume.
Bethan Bide Costume Society Ambassador 2015
Lucie Whitmore Costume Society Ambassador 2015
Maddi Puleston Costume Society Ambassador 2015
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