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Claire Wilcox, as senior curator of fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, takes care of over 100,000 examples of exquisite clothing from 16th century to today. She also has been senior curator of fashion since 2004 and mounted exhibitions showing the creations of such designers as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. “When I look at historical clothing I am thinking about other narratives. Where was the fabric woven?” Why has it survived?” says Wilcox, who sees fashion history as a complex subject.
This memoir provides insights into her broad and fascinating professional life, as well as providing evocative recollections of her childhood, her parents death, her marriage and motherhood and the road that lead to her current role.
Claire Wilcox, PATCH WORK: A Life Among Clothes, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021