Culture Costume and Dress

5-7th May 2021 Birmingham UK

Eleri Lynn

Eleri Lynn is Curator of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. She cares for a Designated Collection of 10,000 items of royal, court and ceremonial dress dating back to the sixteenth-century.  She has curated a number of major fashion exhibitions, most recently Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace, and is a tutor on the FutureLearn Online Learning Course on Royal Fashion (with the University of Glasgow).  She is the author of Tudor Fashion (Yale University Press, 2017: winner of the 2019 Historians of British Art Award for exemplary scholarship pre-1600), and is currently working on the follow-up publication, Tudor Textiles (Yale University Press, forthcoming).  She recently made news headlines for her work on the Bacton Altar Cloth, a ca.1600 item of elite court dress with an interesting provenance to Elizabeth I’s own wardrobe.Eleri joined the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2003, and was the Assistant Curator of The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 (2007). Whilst at the V&A she also authoredFashion in Detail: Underwear (V&A, 2010) and devised and curated the major international touring exhibition, Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion (2014-5).