Speakers Biographies 


Dr Shaun Cole is Associate Professor in Fashion at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton).  He is a writer, lecturer and curator and has written on the subject of menswear and gay fashion and publications include ‘Don We Now Our Gay Apparel’: Gay Men’s Dress in the Twentieth Century (2000), Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design (2005) The Story of Men's Underwear (2010) and Fashion Media: Past and Present (2013). His exhibitions include Graphic Responses to AIDS (1996), Dressing the Male (1999) and Black British Style (2004).



Dr Jonathan Faiers is Professor of Fashion Thinking at the University of Southampton, UK. His research examines the interface between popular culture and design. Jonathan’s publications include Tartan (Berg 2008) and Dressing Dangerously (Yale University Press 2013), essays for Alexander McQueen and London Couture (both V&A 2015). He is the founder and editor of the journal Luxury: History Culture Consumption (Taylor & Francis). 2020 will see the publication of his monograph Fur: A Sensitive History (Yale University Press).



Andrew Groves is the director of the Westminster Menswear Archive and Professor of Fashion Design at the University of Westminster. In 2016 he launched the Westminster Menswear Archive, the world’s only publicly accessible menswear archive, which has over 1600 examples of menswear from British designers. The archive is an essential destination for students studying design, as well as industry visitors. He has curated the exhibition Invisible Men with Dr Danielle Sprecher.



Joe Hunter is the co-founder of Vexed Generation, where design became a communication tool to focus on social issues. With user comfort, safety and privacy at the centre of their briefs, Vexed Generation have explored social issues and responded via design across several genres both as Vexed and for others in consultancy roles. Joe’s recent work sees a return to environmental concerns as he strives to discuss the eco-crisis via sculpture and print. He is currently a senior lecturer in fashion design at the University of East London.



Dr Jeffrey Horsley is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Fashion Curation, LCF, where his research interests include the history of fashion exhibitions, experimental approaches to exhibiting fashion and fashion, exhibitions and biography. Jeff is also Course Leader, MA Fashion Curation, LCF. He originally trained in theatre design before working as Curator: Design at Manchester Art Gallery then as Head of Exhibitions at Manchester Museum. Jeff subsequently studied MA Fashion at Manchester Metropolitan University which led to a PhD, completed in 2012, at London College of Fashion.



Mairi MacKenzie is a fashion historian, curator, and is Research Fellow in Fashion and Textiles at Glasgow School of Art. Her current research is concerned with the relationship between popular music and fashion; social histories of perfume; and the history of dressing up and going out in Glasgow.


Nick Sellars is Senior Lecturer on the Fashion BA (Hons), Northumbria University. An experienced fashion educator and industry practitioner with expertise in garment design, pattern-cutting and product development he is a specialist in men’s semi-formal and casualwear.  Currently undertaking a PhD entitled ‘Parallel Stories: Reconstructing men’s dress history through an archaeology of pattern making’, his object-based approach to research aims to draw and record conclusions about the provenance and construction processes employed by cutters and manufacturers, after personally examining historical garment artefacts.



Adam Thorpe is the co-founder of Vexed Generation (1993-present). He co-designs clothing, products and spaces that respond to societal goals and challenges with a focus on making clothes that work for city dwellers that walk and ride. Vexed Generation’s designs have featured in international exhibitions and publications and are in the collections of Museum of London, V&A, MoMA and Westminster Menswear Archive. Adam is Professor of Socially Responsive Design at Central Saint Martins, where his research activities are practice-based and explore the role of collaborative design in meeting societal goals and challenges.



Ben Whyman is the manager of the Research Centre for Fashion Curation based at the University of the Arts London, where he project manages, and researches towards, exhibitions, publications and events on museology and fashion curation. He recently concluded PhD studies, exploring material culture, masculine attire, and the biography of objects.


Harley Hughes is Director of Menswear Design at Alexander McQueen. Harley studied at Kingston University and after graduating in 1994, started his design career at John Richmond. Following this, Harley launched the menswear line of Maison Martin Margiela before moving on to become Design Director of Menswear at Yves Saint Laurent. Harley has been at Alexander McQueen since 2010.

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Conference Booking Details

Date        29th October 2019
Location   Ambika P3, University of Westminster, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS
Tickets     £20, University of Westminster staff and students £10. Includes lunch