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Amber Butchart is a fashion historian and author working across cultural heritage, broadcasting and academia.
Amber specialises in the historical intersections between dress, politics and culture. She is an Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion, a former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, and is regularly asked to speak at London’s cultural hotspots – from the Tate to the V&A – and as far afield as Dubai and Moscow. As a Radio Academy Award-nominated broadcaster, Amber is often called on to share her expertise on the history of fashion in the media. She has contributed to numerous productions for the BBC, Sky Arts and Channel 4 (see here for more) as is currently making a documentary for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. She has written books on the impact of film on fashion, and the perennial influence of nautical style, and she is currently writing a history of British fashion illustration for the British Library.
Amber began her career as the Head Buyer and Trend Analyst for international vintage clothing company Beyond Retro. During this time she was interviewed for The Observer as one of the fashion world’s best buyers and photographed for Vogue as a girl with great British style. She established the Beyond Retro Print and Design Archive which sells vintage inspiration pieces to global fashion houses, and she was a contributor to leading trend forecasting company WGSN. She has also worked as a design consultant for both fashion brands and film costume.
Amber is one half of creative collaboration the Broken Hearts, whose spectacular DJ sets were described by The Independent as “a Hollywood musical on hallucinogenics.” Together they have graced stages across the globe from Moscow to New York and Hong Kong for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton. Their weekly primetime radio show on Jazz FM ran for over 3 years, earning them a Radio Academy Award nomination, and was described by The Guardian as “a cool swing music show hosted by two vintage style icons.” To find out more, visit their website.
Amber is available to write features and contribute to TV or radio productions on many aspects of fashion & beauty history. She has also worked with top brands such as GHD, TK Maxx and YSL Beauté, lending her historical expertise to their public campaigns. She is a trustee of the Costume Society, a member of the Royal Historical Society and a mentor for the charity Arts Emergency.