We have an Advisory Board that meets twice a year to support and advise us in our work. Members of our Advisory Board have a wide range of knowledge and expertise in relation to shoes, fashion theory and design, podiatry, qualitative (including visual) methods, gender studies, cultural studies, sociology, history and exhibition curation. All our advisory board members are invited to contribute to the blog and to promote ongoing discussion, so please feel free to comment.
CAROLINE EVANS is Professor of Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London). She is the author of Fashion at the Edge (Yale, 2003) and co-author of The London Look (Yale, 2004) and Fashion & Modernity (Berg, 2005). Her exhibition catalogue essays include Hussein Chalayan (2005) and The House of Viktor & Rolf (2008). She is in the final stages of completing a book on the earliest fashion shows in Paris and New York, c.1885 – 1929, and their relationship to modernism. Caroline is also a visiting professor at the Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University.
FIONA CANDY is Senior Lecturer in Textiles at the University of Central Lancashire. She has extensive commercial experience as a designer in the fashion industry and has conducted research into rheumatoid arthritis, footwear and clothing choices. This has led her to interpret footwear as ‘the grounding’ of everyday clothing style; as artifacts that protect, augment and adorn not just the foot, but the entire human body, and which bring unique opportunities to study the physical, bio-medical body, alongside the soci-cultural, clothed body. She works collaboratively under the auspices of the a-brand ‘label’ to make objects and public exhibitions to engage wider audiences beyond those normally reached by academic research.
CAROLINE KNOWLES is head of the Centre for Urban and Community Research and Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is co-author, with Douglas Harper, of Hong King: Migrant Lives, Landscapes and Journeys (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and has written and edited numerous other books and articles on circulations of objects and people, race and ethnicity, visual sociology and urbanism. She has just finished a book on flip-flops with artist Michael Tan.
MARIA MCLEAN is a footwear designer with broad experience from different aspects of the footwear industry. Her background is in tailoring, which informs her approach to footwear design. She is interested in customization as an area between bespoke and mass-production, with a clear focus on fit and functionality. With a degree in both Fashion Design and Marketing she is interested in the relationship between self-image and brand identity. Maria studied shoemaking at Cordwainers College before completing a MA in Footwear Design at the Royal College of Art. She has worked as a shoe maker for Paul Harnden and designed footwear for TN-29 and Tracey Neuls. Currently she is working freelance for Camper, PO-Zu and Esska.
GILLIAN ROSE is Professor of Cultural Geography at The Open University. Her current research interests lie within the field of contemporary visual culture and visual research methodologies. One long-term project has been examining family photos as visual objects that circulate between a range of different practices in the global visual economy, and Doing Family Photography: The Domestic, The Public and The Politics of Sentiment was published by Ashgate in 2010. Another even longer project has been the book Visual Methodologies, a third edition will be published by Sage in 2011. And another recent project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council has looked at the experiencing of designed urban spaces.
GIORGIO RIELLO is Associate Professor in Global History and Culture at the University of Warwick. Previously he has taught at the London School of Economics and the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum. His particular interests are directed towards issues of material life and economic development and the relationship between consumption and production. He is the author of A Foot in the Past (Oxford 2006). He has also edited and co-written eight books among which Shoes: A History from Sandals to Sneakers (Berg 2006), The Fashion History Reader (Routledge 2010) (both with Peter McNeil); and Global Design History (Routledge 2011) (with Glenn Adamson and Sarah Teastley).
REBECCA SHAWCROSS has been the Shoe Resources Officer at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery since 1998. She is responsible for the Designated Shoe Collection, which includes collections management, exhibitions, research and enquiries, talks and advising other museums. She has published various articles including “I Stand Corrected? New Perspectives on Orthopaedic Footwear,” a research paper for the groundbreaking publication Re-thinking Disability Representation in Museums & Galleries, edited by The Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, Leicester and ‘High Heels’ for the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, edited by Valerie Steele. A graduate from Oxford Brookes University she has also worked for Perth Museum and Art Gallery and the Scottish Life Archive, National Museums of Scotland.
KATH WOODWARD is Professor of Sociology at the Open University. She works on feminist materialist critiques and methodologies, which she has written about in Why Feminism Matters (2009) with Sophie Woodward, and, in the field of sport, Sex, Power and the Games (2011), Embodied Sporting Practices. Regulating and Regulatory Bodies (2009) and Boxing, Masculinity and Identity: the “I” of the Tiger (2007). She has just completed work on Sport Across Diasporas at the BBC World Service as part of the AHRC funded, Diasporas, Migration and Identities programme and works on gender, race and diversity at the ESRC funded Centre for Research into Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC). She co-organised the 2009 CRESC conference Objects Matter and is co-editing the Routledge, Companion to Objects (2012).
SOPHIE WOODWARD is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester; she carries out research into material culture, routine consumption and clothing and has a continued interest in feminist theory and innovative methodologies. She is the author of Why Women Wear What they Wear (2007) and Why Feminism Matters (Palgrave, 2009 with Kath Woodward). Along with Daniel Miller, she established the Global Denim Project and is the co-editor of Global Denim (2010) and a forthcoming special edition of the journal Textile. She is expanding her research into ordinariness and material culture.
WESLEY VERNON is Head of Podiatry and Research Lead for Sheffield Primary Care Trust. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield and Staffordshire University and has Fellowships in the Faculties of Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Management (Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists) and the Forensic Science Society. Wesley is also a member of the Society of Shoefitters. His interests are in forensic and developmental aspects of podiatry. He has authored over 50 publications and presented widely on podiatry and forensic podiatry. He created and chairs the forensic podiatry sub-committee within the International Association for Identification and the Healthy Footwear Group. In 2009, Wesley was awarded an OBE for services to medicine and health care.