Meet Our New Ambassadors for 2018!

25 February 2018

Please welcome our ambassadors for 2018. First up Francesca Scantlebury, Eanna Morrison Barrs and Jade Bailey-Dowling.

Francesca Scantlebury

Hello! At the moment I am completing my MA in Dress and Textile Histories at the University of Glasgow, which I am thoroughly enjoying. I am also currently interning with Glasgow Museums, researching costume in paintings that are due to go on redisplay at the Burrell Collection. I love finding out about all areas of dress history but my particular interests lie in 16 th  – 18 th  century dress, with a focus on the politics of fashion and European court dress. Pursuing this passion, my dissertation will be focused on the changing role of the wardrobe within the life of Queen Mary of Guise. By becoming an ambassador for the Costume Society I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and interests in historic dress, whilst also hopefully engaging with new members.


Eanna Morrison Barrs

I am an aspiring fashion historian and curator currently doing an MA at the Centre for Fashion Studies, Stockholm University. My main research interests include the intersections of art and fashion, and fashion in museums. Previously, I have worked at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada (ask me anything about shoes!). My favourite part about working there was sharing the stories of the artifacts in the collection with museum visitors. As a Costume Society Ambassador, I’m looking forward to sharing more stories with the blog readers, including my experiences as a Fashion Studies student, exhibition reviews and fashion research.   


Jade Bailey-Dowling

I am a recent Fashion and Dress History graduate, and current History of Design and Material Culture Masters student, both at the University of Brighton. My main research interests are the curation of dress, and Mourning Dress, which has lead me to developing an extensive all black wardrobe inspired by a Victorian widow.  

Aside from being honoured with this Costume Society Ambassadorship, I am also currently involved in research projects such as 'Object Unwrapped' with Worthing Museum and the University of Brighton, and updating the Listing of Dress Collections in Museums and other institutions in the South, South East and South West of England with esteemed Dress Historian Lou Taylor and Professor Charlotte Nicklas.

I provide freelance research for the designer archive THE ARC LONDON, volunteer at the Fashion and Textiles Museum and previously worked as an events and press assistant at Vivienne Westwood.



Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Francesca Scantlebury

Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Francesca Scantlebury

Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Eanna Morrison Barrs

Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Eanna Morrison Barrs

Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Jade Bailey-Dowling

Introducing Costume Society Ambassador 2018 Jade Bailey-Dowling


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