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Distinguished Professor of Design History, UTS, University of Technology Sydney

Distinguished Professor Peter McNeil FAHA is an award-winning design historian who works at University of Technology Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Section Head for ‘The Arts’. His inter-disciplinary research examines the past, present and future of critical fashion as well as many other aspects of design with a focus on identities and material culture from the eighteenth century to the present day. For a decade he was Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University where he worked to establish the dignity of this topic in the European university system and was part of the major EU-funded project ‘Fashioning the Early Modern’. More recently he was Academy of Finland (FiDIPro) Distinguished Professor, Aalto University (2014-18) for ‘Costume Methodologies’. His many publications include the award-winning ‘The Fashion History Reader: Global Perspectives’, 2010 (with G. Riello); and ‘Fashion: Critical and Primary Sources, Renaissance to the Present Day’ (4 Vols. 2009), His monograph ‘‘Pretty Gentlemen’: Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-century Fashion World’ was published by Yale University Press in 2018 and has been praised in ‘The New York Review of Books’, ‘Times Literary Supplement’, ‘Literary Review’ and ‘World of Interiors’: Marina Warner named it a ‘Book of the Year’. McNeil writes for major exhibitions including Sydney Jewish Museum (‘Dressing Sydney’), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (‘Reigning Men’) and Kunsthaus Zurich (‘Fashion Drive’). McNeil won a UTS Human Rights Award in 2018 for his work on LGBTQI visual culture. He is Member of CIHA, Pasold Research Fund (UK), and MAAS Centre for Fashion. He is Past President of the AAANZ.


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