Distinguished Professor of Design History, UTS and Aalto University Finland, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Dr Peter McNeil is Distinguished Professor of Design History at the University of Technology Sydney and Distinguished Professor Aalto University. He trained in the history of art with a focus firstly on design and later fashion culture. His research engages with different ways in which visual imagery and materiality shaped lives from the eighteenth century to the present day. His numerous monographs and edited books include the award-winning publications 'The Fashion History Reader: Global Perspectives', 2010 (Routledge; with G. Riello); and 'Fashion: Critical and Primary Sources, Renaissance to the Present Day' (4 Vols.), Berg, 2009. McNeil was a Principal Investigator in the Humanities in the European Research Area funded project ‘Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in Europe, 1500-1800’ which tracked fashion as innovation across West Europe. Membre suppléant, Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA), he was Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University 2008-2018 and is Past President of the Art Association of Australia and NZ (AAANZ). From 2014-2018 he was Academy of Finland 'FiDiPro' Distinguished Professor for 'Costume Methodologies'. He is Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Section Head for ‘The Arts’. His monograph ‘Pretty Gentlemen’: Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-century Fashion World was published by Yale University Press in 2018.


  • –present
    Associate Dean (Research) Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney