Ellen Sampson

Dr Ellen Sampson is an artist and material culture researcher who’s work explores the relationships between bodies, memory and clothing, both in museums and archives, and in everyday life.

Using film, photography, performance and writing she interrogates the ways that garments become records of lived experience: making close up images as a way of engaging with the intricacies of wear, gesture, and trace. Ellen has a PhD from Royal College of Art, London and was 2018-19 Polaire Weismann Fellow at The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

She is currently Professorial Fellow in Fashion at University of the Creative Arts.

By Ellen Sampson


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