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Design Anthropologist

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Co-Chair of the Young Academy of Scotland

Academic Lead for Public Engagement, Heriot-Watt University

Expert children and clothes, Nova Child

Researcher and educator

Heriot-Watt University - School of Textiles and Design (Scotland, UK)

2013 - onwards

  • Fashion Design – Contextual studies / Fashion Design theory / Fashion and heritage / Material Culture at undergraduate and postgraduate levels

  • Development of educational projects with external partners and industry (WLGore, Johnstons of Elgin, LVMH, Royal Highland Show, V&A, National Museums of Scotland…).

  • Research on Clothing and Textile Heritage, Children's fashion and clothing, Community engagement.

  • Director of Fashion Studies (2013-2019)

Consultant

Creative industries and heritage

2009 - onwards

  • Design thinking applied to the Fashion industry; branding, story-telling and strategic heritage-based projects  (Catimini, IDgroup (Okaïdi, Jacadi, Obaïbi), Devred, CWF (Burberry, DKNY, Timberland…)…)

  • Expert for research and industry: Cluster NovaChild

  • Curator of fashion and creative arts exhibitions: e.g. “Sport and Children’s fashion”, June-October 2011, International City of Lace and Fashion, Calais ; professional fairs (e.g. Arts and crafts fairs: L’Aiguille en fête, Paris…).

Director

Textile and Fashion Museum, Cholet, France

2002 - 2010

  • Strategic development of the first French collection dedicated to children's fashion history. 

  • Design of the Museum's programme in relation with the industry, community and cultural stakeholders. 

  • Direction, team management and budget. 

Academic and professional qualifications

2016                PhD Art History, Fashion Anthropology, University of Paris-Sorbonne: “The socialization of                           children through fashion and clothing from the 18th century onwards: Investigation in the                             public and private occidental museums’ collections and archives”

2016                Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice

2000                Professional Certificate in Textile Studies, International Centre for Textile studies (C.I.E.T.A.)

1999                Postgraduate Diploma in Museum studies, Ecole du Louvre, Paris (with distinction)

1998                Postgraduate degree in Art History, Fashion Anthropology, University of Paris-Sorbonne: «                           Breton fashions in the 19th-20th centuries, through the collections of the National Folk Art                           Museum, Paris »  (with distinction)

1997                MPhil. in Art History, Fashion Anthropology, University of Paris-Sorbonne: « Mourning                                   dresses in the collections of the Fashion and Textile Museum, Paris » (with distinction)

Expertise and citizenship

2020-2022

Research Excellence Framework (UKRI): Full panel member, Panel 32: Design Theory and Practice

2021 - onwards

Academic Lead for Public Engagement, Heriot-Watt University

 

2021 - onwards

Young Academy of Scotland, co-chair 

2021 - onwards

NovaChild, Cluster Childhood and innovation, research expert