Rebecca Arnold is the Oak Foundation Lecturer in History of Dress and Textiles at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she is Course Leader for MA Dress, Body, Space and Modernity: Fashion in the City, 1919-1939.  Previously she was a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Design History at the Royal College of Art and a Visiting Fellow at the V&A Museum. She has lectured internationally and in 2001 she set up the first undergraduate course in Fashion History and Theory, based at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. In 2006 she was Guest Professor at the Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University. She is currently working on an edited volume and exhibition to be held at the Bard Graduate Center in New York in 2014 entitled: Readymade: Fashion for Everyone in New York and London.

Arnold has published widely on 20th and 21st century fashion, including three books Fashion, Desire and Anxiety: Image and Morality in the 20th Century; The American Look: Fashion, Sportswear and the Image of Women in 1930s and 1940s New York; and Fashion: A Very Short Introduction.

Select Bibliography

  • Arnold, Rebecca,The American Look: Fashion and the Image of Women in 1930's and 1940's New York, I B Tauris, 2009
  • Arnold, Rebecca, Fashion, Desire and Anxiety: Image and Morality in the Twentieth Century, I B Tauris, 2001
  • Arnold, Rebecca, Fashion: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2009



  1. 23 Jul 2008
    Rebecca Arnold features in a project.

    Political Fashion