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Dr Ellen Sampson

VC Senior Fellow

Department: Northumbria School of Design


  • PhD August 31 2016
  • Fashion MA February 01 2009
  • anthropology BSc (Hons) July 01 2003

Key Publications

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  • The Afterlives of Clothes: a Phenomenology of the Dress Archive, Sampson, E. 2023
  • Affect and Sensation, Sampson, E. 27 Nov 2020, In: Fashion Studies
  • Archives of the Everyday, Sampson, E. 10 Apr 2020
  • Fashioning research- embodied knowledge, bodily practices and the role of practice-based research in fashion studies., Sampson, E. 2020
  • On Walking, Sampson, E. 21 Oct 2020
  • Worn, Sampson, E. 10 Dec 2020
  • Emotional objects (Solo show and Artist Residency), Sampson, E. 6 Dec 2019
  • Editorial note, Savi, L., Romano, A., Sampson, E., Beard, N. 2 Nov 2018, In: Fashion Theory - Journal of Dress Body and Culture
  • Entanglement, affect and experience, Sampson, E. 1 Apr 2018, In: International Journal of Fashion Studies
  • Experimental Fashion, Sampson, E. 27 Feb 2018, In: Journal of Design History

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Ellen Sampson is an artist and material culture researcher whose work explores the relationships between clothing and bodily experience, both in museums and archives and in everyday life. Using film, photography, and writing, she examines the ways that garmnets become records of lived experience: how people and the things they wear become entwined. Sampson has a PhD from the Royal College of Art, London and was 2018/19 Polaire Weissman fellow at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and 2019/20 Professorial Fellow at University for the Creative Arts.

Professional Activity

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  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Fashion Unravelled: Memory, Wear and Imperfection 2018
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Apparition: the (im)materiality of Modern Surfaces 2018
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Animate Objects: Encounters Between People and Things 2017
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Space for Fashion Thinking: Review, Revise, Reflect 2017

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