Dress in Context

Research Centre


The Dress in Context Research Centre is concerned with dress in all its manifestations, and its relationship to the individual and society. It involves researchers from a range of backgrounds, including fashion, costume, jewellery, psychology, history, literature, art and media. The Centre places emphasis on working collaboratively with academics from other institutions, as well as building bridges to those from outside the academy. In bringing these varying perspectives together, we seek to develop a richer collective understanding of the significance of dress in a broad range of contexts, and in the process, develop a new field of interdisciplinary study.

The Centre aims to:

  • provide a national and international forum for the sharing of knowledge, skills and expertise in the study of dress
  • engage in and support interdisciplinary research into dress in all its aspects
  • promote the understanding of dress amongst individuals and communities
  • collaborate with universities, cultural organisations, businesses and independent scholars to advance and disseminate knowledge in the field.

The Centre regularly hosts a variety of seminars and other events, including our biennial international conference, Culture Costume and Dress. Please visit our events page for more details.