Dr Chris Breward

Fashion Historian, Victoria and Albert

Chris BrewardChristopher Breward is a widely published historian of fashion, interested in its relationship to social and sexual identity, place and concepts of modernity. Born in Bristol in 1965, he took degrees at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Royal College of Art. He has worked as a lecturer in the History of Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal College of Art and London College of Fashion and is currently Acting Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He holds Honorary Visiting Professorships at the University of the Arts London, Kingston University and the University of Lincoln. Breward sits on the editorial / advisory boards of the journals Fashion Theory, Journal of Design History, Journal of Visual Culture in Britain and The Happy Hypocrite.

Select Bibliography

The Culture of Fashion (Manchester University Press, 1995)
The Hidden Consumer: Masculinities, fashion and city life (Manchester University Press, 1999)
Fashion (Oxford University Press, 2003)
Fashioning London: Clothing and the Modern Metropolis (Berg, 2004)

Co-edited publications:

Material Memories (Berg, 1999)
The Englishness of English Dress (Berg, 2002)
Fashion and Modernity (Berg, 2005)
Fashion's World Cities (Berg, 2006)

Selected Exhibitions

21st Century Dandy (British Council, 2004)
The London Look (Museum of London, 2005)
Swinging Sixties (Victoria and Albert Museum, 2006)

Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.