Georgina Ripley has an MA in the History of Art (specializing in the History of Dress) from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She is responsible for the modern and contemporary fashion and textile collections from 1850 to the present day.

Collection highlights include the internationally significant archive of the British fashion designer Jean Muir (fl. 1962-95) which numbers an estimated 18,000 items, and the design archive of the Serbian-born, Scotland-based textile designer and painter, Bernat Klein.

Georgina curated Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk (23 May-20 October 2019) and is currently working on a major temporary exhibition for fashion, opening in June 2020, and its accompanying publication. In addition, her current research follows on from themes explored within the Body Beautiful exhibition, particularly in relation to constructs of masculinity in contemporary menswear and image-making; as well as ongoing research into Jean Muir and her archive.

Georgina was the lead curator for the permanent Fashion & Style gallery, which opened at the museum in 2016. She also co–curated Express Yourself: Contemporary Jewellery (2014) and has contributed to exhibitions at National Museums Scotland including Jean Muir: A Fashion Icon (2008–2009) and Mary Queen of Scots (2013). Georgina has previous experience working with the National Galleries of Scotland, where she worked on The House of Annie Lennox (2012), a V&A Touring Exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, as well as The Institute of Conservation, Museums Galleries Scotland, The Warner Textile Archive and The Royal Academy of Arts.

Georgina is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for The Journal of Dress History; Regional Representative for Scotland on the Dress and Textile Specialists Committee, and a board member for the ICOM Costume Committee.

Selected publications

Book articles

Publication postponed, forthcoming in 2020:  ‘Gladdening the hearts of warriors: the relationship between Lucile’s romantic fashions and morale in WWI’, in Bass-Krueger, M., A. de la Haye, H. Dujardin-Edwards and S. Kurkdjian, eds, Fashion, clothes and society in Europe during WWI, London: Berg/Bloomsbury

Journal articles

‘A New Kind of Menswear for a New Kind of Man’: Constructs of Masculinity at J. W. Anderson and Loewe’, The Journal of Dress History, Open Access Platform, Spring 2018

Book Review: Andrew Bolton, Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (New York: The Metropolitan Museum / London: Yale University Press, 2017). 248 pp. 205 col. illus. Hdbk £35.00. ISBN 9781588396204, in Costume: The Journal of the Costume Society, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, January 2018

Book Review: Louise Coffey-Webb, Managing Costume Collections: An Essential Primer, Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, 2016, appendices, 184 pp, in The Journal of Dress History, Open Access Platform, Autumn 2017

Book Review: Andrew Bolton, Manus x Machina Fashion in an Age of Technology (New York: The Metropolitan Museum / London: Yale university Press, 2016). 248 pp. 178 col. illus.  Hdbk £30.00. ISBN 9781588395924, in Costume: The journal of the Costume Society, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017

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Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk

This exhibition looked at how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in advertising, editorial and behind the camera.
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