Christopher Breward is a widely published historian of fashion, interested in its relationship to social and sexual identity, place and concepts of modernity. Born in Bristol in 1965, he took degrees at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Royal College of Art. He has worked as a lecturer in the History of Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal College of Art and London College of Fashion and is currently Acting Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He holds Honorary Visiting Professorships at the University of the Arts London, Kingston University and the University of Lincoln. Breward sits on the editorial / advisory boards of the journals Fashion Theory, Journal of Design History, Journal of Visual Culture in Britain and The Happy Hypocrite.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Culture of Fashion (Manchester University Press, 1995)
  • The Hidden Consumer: Masculinities, fashion and city life (Manchester University Press, 1999)
  • Fashion (Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • Fashioning London: Clothing and the Modern Metropolis (Berg, 2004)

Co-Edited publications

  • Material Memories (Berg, 1999)
  • The Englishness of English Dress (Berg, 2002)
  • Fashion and Modernity (Berg, 2005)
  • Fashion’s World Cities (Berg, 2006)

Selected Exhibitions

  • 21st Century Dandy (British Council, 2004)
  • The London Look (Museum of London, 2005)
  • Swinging Sixties (Victoria and Albert Museum, 2006)


  1. 23 Jul 2008
    Christopher Breward features in a project.

    Political Fashion