Bethan Bide is a fashion historian interested in the social and cultural stories we can tell through clothes. Her research focuses on the use of material fashion objects and considers the relationship between production and consumption; the development of fashion cities; the role of fashion in museums; and the relationship between materiality, memory and fashion as biography.
In 2017 Bethan completed an AHRC CDA funded PhD entitled 'Austerity fashion 1945-1951: rebuilding London fashion cultures after the Second World War.' This was jointly supervised by Beatrice Behlen at the Museum of London and David Gilbert at Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to this, Bethan worked as a researcher and producer of comedy programmes for BBC Radio 4.
PhD 'Austerity Fashion 1945-1951: rebuilding London fashion cultures after the Second World War'. Geography Department, Royal Holloway, University of London and the Museum of London. September 2013 - June 2017.
MA History and Culture of Fashion. London College of Fashion. September 2010 - December 2011.
BA (hons) English. University of Cambridge. October 2005 - May 2008.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Module Leader FSH1931: Fashion, Cultural Contexts and Representation