Christopher Breward trained as an art historian at the Courtauld Institute before completing postgraduate studies as a student on the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum programme in the history of design. He has held lecturer posts at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal College of Art and London College of Fashion and was previously Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
He has published and curated widely on the histories of fashion, masculinities and urban cultures. He is a trustee of the National Museums of Scotland, Fruitmarket Gallery and Hospitalfield Arts, a Governor of the Pasold Institute and a member of the Advisory Board for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
Christopher Breward was appointed as Director of National Museums Scotland, succeeding Dr Gordon Rintoul who will step down in March 2020.