Dr Ellen Sampson

Professorial Fellow,

Professorial Fellow, School of Fashion

Fashion expert Dr Ellen Sampson arrives from the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to join UCA as a Professorial Fellow.

She will be conducting research into the role of practice-based research in Fashion studies, with a particular focus on the experience of making and wearing clothes. She’ll also be assisting academic staff together with students on developing their research projects.

And artist and material culture researcher Ellen’s work explores the relationships between bodies, memory and clothing, both in museums and archives, and in everyday life. Using film, photography, performance and writing she explores the ways that garments become records of lived experience. Her current project The Afterlives of Clothes based on her recent fellowship at the Costume Institute, presents a phenomenological approach to clothing archives.

Sampson has a PhD in fashion from the Royal College of Art, London, an MA from London College of Fashion, and a BSc in Anthropology from University College London. She has previously taught critical and historical studies for fashion and textiles at Chelsea College of Art and Norwich University of the Arts. She is co-founder of Fashion Research Network an interdisciplinary network for researchers in fashion and dress.

Her publications include Worn: Footwear, Attachment and Affect (Bloomsbury -forthcoming) and articles in International Journal of Fashion Studies, Fashion Theory and Luxury Journal. She regular exhibits nationally and internationally.




Ellen Sampson, Professorial Fellow
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