Amber Butchart's Glowing Embers

BBC Four's Fashion Historian is the new Associate in Fashion Studies mentor

Amber Butchart lives life in color. A brilliant expert on the historical crossroads between dress, politics and culture, the fashion historian is a Jill of all fashion trades and the newest addition to the Polimoda mentor family. 

"As we move forward through the 21st century and environmental awareness grows, it’s imperative to understand fashion from a cultural perspective," explains Amber. A former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London and current public lecturer at some of the United Kingdom's major institutions like The Tate and The V&A, Butchart's professional achievements are second to none. 

The anything but ordinary English author, broadcaster and dress historian can also be found using her fashion expertise to help solve crimes! As a National Crime Agency External Advisor, Butchart works as a Consultant Forensic Garment Analyst on cases that require investigation of clothing and textiles. On top of that, she researches and presents documentaries for the BBC, exploring the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore.

"I want to focus on developing students’ critical awareness and help them nurture their practice, from writing and editing to curating and communicating"

As the new Associate in Fashion Studies mentor, Amber is prepared to share her impeccable critical eye and years of insightful career experience with her mentees. "I want to focus on developing students’ critical awareness and help them nurture their practice, from writing and editing to curating and communicating." 

The 2-year Associate in Fashion Studies program is a new addition to Polimoda's academic offerings, designed to fast-track learning and help students gain quick access to the industry, training them to work for fashion houses, online and print magazines, media, bloggers, celebrities, advertising agencies, fashion retailers and E-commerce platforms.

Amber Butchart at the fourth edition of Fashion Displacement in London