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Charlotte Nicklas


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Research interests

Dr Charlotte Nicklas is a Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design. Her main research interest is the history of dress, fashion, and textiles in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but she is interested in all aspects of the history of dress and textiles and, more broadly, material culture and the history of design. She approaches these histories through objects, images, and texts. At the centre of her research is the way in which dress and fashion both influence and reflect the cultural concerns of a particular historical period. Particular interests include the history of colour in clothing and fashion and fictional representations of dress and fashion.


Supervisory Interests

Charlotte has supervised one PhD student to completion and has two current PhD students. She is eager to supervise PhD projects on 19th- and 20th-century dress, fashion, and textile history topics and welcomes enquiries.

Scholarly biography

Charlotte received a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MA in Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture from the Bard Graduate Center (New York). She was awarded her PhD from the University of Brighton, supervised by Professor Lou Taylor. Her PhD thesis examined the cultural contexts of the transition from natural to artificial textile dyes in the mid-nineteenth century.

Charlotte worked in the Exhibitions Department at the Bard Graduate Center, helping to organise exhibitions on a wide variety of design history topics, including Marimekko: Fabrics, Fashion, Architecture (2003-2004) and Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor (2006). She also worked in the Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Education/Academic qualification


Bachelor, Harvard University

PhD, University of Brighton

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Research Output 2007 2018

Open Access
Research Projects
Brighton Museum
Collaborative Projects

‘It is the Hat that Matters the Most’: Hats, Propriety and Fashion in British Fiction, 1890–1930

Nicklas, C. 1 Mar 2017 51, 1, p. 78-102 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Virginia Woolf

Dress history: new directions in theory and practice

Nicklas, C. (ed.) & Pollen, A. (ed.) 24 Sep 2015 London. 256 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - edited

Historical Periods
Fashion History

Dress History Now: Terms, Themes and Tools

Nicklas, C. & Pollen, A. 10 Sep 2015 Dress History: New Directions in Theory and Practice. Nicklas, C. & Pollen, A. (eds.). UK, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Light, colour and language in mid-nineteenth century women’s fashion

Nicklas, C. 2013 Surface tensions: surface, finish and the meaning of objects. Kelley, V. & Adamson, G. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

News Report

Activities 2015 2015

Profiles of the Past: Silhouette, Fashion and Image 1760-1960

Pollen, A. (Organiser), Taylor, E. (Organiser), Nicklas, C. (Organiser)
13 Jun 2015

Activity: Conference

Dress History Now

Pollen, A. (Organiser), Nicklas, C. (Organiser)
29 Oct 2015

Activity: Conference