Our Art, Design and Fashion collections concentrate on fine examples of applied art. They provide a broad picture of European, including British, achievements from about AD1100 onwards.

Art and Design department

Dr Xavier Dectot: Keeper of Art and Design

Collection responsibility: European sculpture and decorative arts prior to 1500.
Research interests: Monumental and funerary sculpture in France, Spain, Great Britain and Italy in the 12th-13th Century. Status of the artist in the 12th-13th Century. Western European ivories in the 12th -13th Century. Medieval Western European faience and lustreware.

Dr Sally-Anne Huxtable: Principal Curator, Modern and Contemporary Design

Collection responsibility: Overall responsibility for post-1850 design collections and galleries including decorative arts and fashion.
Research interests: British, European and American Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Decadence, Design Reform, Artistic Dress and early Modernism. Nineteenth century historicism. Victorian and Edwardian interiors, architecture and international exhibitions. Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic and Decadent literature and criticism. Neo-Victorian and Steampunk art and design. The visual culture of early British Socialism. Victorian cultural history. History of fashion and the relationship between dress, art and architecture. Art, religion and the occult. Folk art of Britain and the Americas. Arts and Crafts silver and jewellery.

Dr Godfrey Evans: Principal Curator, European Decorative Arts

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Collection responsibility: European sculpture, precious and base metalwork, ceramics, glass, and arms and armour from c.1500 to 1850.
Research interests: Hamilton Palace and the collections of the Dukes of Hamilton; continental silver; and Scottish fireclay sculpture.

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Stephen Jackson: Senior Curator, Furniture and Woodwork

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Collection responsibility: British and European furniture and woodwork (and musical instruments, excluding bagpipes).
Research interests: Scottish furniture makers and manufacturers; representations and perceptions of domestic life and material culture in early modern Scotland.

Georgina Ripley: Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Fashion and Textiles

Georgina RipleyCollection responsibility: Fashion and textiles post-1900, and the development of the contemporary fashion collections.
Research interests: The rise of the fashion house in the early 20th century, fashion post-WWII from 1947-1960, film costume from 1930-1960, Jean Muir, contemporary couture, new technologies in fashion. 

Emily Taylor: Assistant Curator, European Decorative Arts

Emily TaylorCollection responsibility: Providing curatorial support across the Art and Design department, focussed on fashion and textiles collections pre-1900, including exhibitions and enquiries.
Research interests: Eighteenth century dress and textiles, early modern European sartorial cultures, fashion and textiles 1600 – present.

Lisa Mason: Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Design

Lisa MasonCollection responsibility: Providing curatorial support across the Art and Design department, focussed on modern and contemporary collections, including exhibitions and enquiries.
Research interests: Fashion and textiles c.1900 – present, smart textiles, sustainable design.

Sarah Rothwell: Curator of Modern and Contemporary Design

Sarah RothwellCollection responsibility: British, European and other ‘Western’ glass, ceramics, metalware, jewellery and industrial design circa 1945 – present.
Research interests: Nordic and British Modernist Jewellery Design, Contemporary Craft with a focus on Ceramics, Glass and Jewellery, 20th century European Art and Design and the integration and interpretation of historical collections by working artists and makers.

Helen Wyld: Senior Curator of Historic Textiles

Collection responsibility: European textiles, 1400-1850.
Research interests: Tapestry production, patronage and use in Scotland, England and Europe, 1400 to the present; textiles associated with Mary, Queen of Scots; the Mortlake tapestry workshop under Charles I; Jacobite visual culture

Carys Wilkins: Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Design

Collection responsibility: Providing curatorial support across the Art and Design department, focussed on modern and contemporary collections, including exhibitions and enquiries.
Research interests: Furniture and product design circa 1900 – present, design anthropology, design and the art market.

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Art, Design and Fashion galleries

These sumptuous galleries showcase the best of decorative art, design, fashion and style. Discover a treasure trove of beautiful works, explore the influence of design on everyday life and see how contemporary makers continue to innovate.

Grammar of Ornament

Grammar of Ornament was Owen Jones’ design masterpiece. First published in 1856, the lavish folio highlighted stunning patterns, motifs and ornaments in 112 illustrated plates.

De Lucci table

This rare 17th-century table is an exceptional example of exuberant baroque design.

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Clare Hyatt
Department Administrator

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