Alison Goodrum is Professor (Chair) of Fashion in the Department of Apparel at Manchester Metropolitan University. She will be a Research Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center from November 2013 through January 2014. Goodrum received her B.A. in Geography from the University of Wales and her Ph.D. from the University of Gloucestershire. A fashion theorist and dress historian, she has published extensively on the social significance of artifacts, material culture, and everyday practices; interwar fashion; history of sportswear and rural/occupational dress; creative industry and cultural economy of fashion; and national branding and cultural exports. Her book The National Fabric: Fashion, Britishness, Globalization (Oxford: Berg, 2005) was nominated for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award of the Folklore Society of Great Britain in 2006. In 2010, Goodrum co-curated “Fields of Fashion: The Site/Sights of Badminton Horse Trials,” the inaugural exhibition in Nottingham Trent University’s Wall5 online gallery. While in residence at the BGC, she will conduct research on a project entitled “The Style Stakes: Elizabeth Hawes, Equestrian Events and 1930s Fashion in the United States.” As part of this project, Goodrum will utilize the archives and collections of the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Brooklyn Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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