Amber Butchart

Amber Butchart

Amber Butchart is a curator, historian and broadcaster who specialises in the cultural and political history of textiles, dress and design.

Amber Butchart is an experienced broadcaster, historian and curator. Known for her warm and engaging tone, you can catch her across TV and Radio making history fashionable again.

Having curated exhibitions for the Fashion & Textile Museum, the British Textile Biennial (where she is an Associate Curator) and host of the Cloth Cultures podcast, Amber is a trusted voice in the textile and fashion world. Her last exhibition was The Fabric of Democracy: Propaganda Textiles from the French Revolution to Brexit demonstrating the important role fashion and textile has in the political space. 

Along with her curatorships, Amber researches and presents documentaries for TV and radio, including the BBC's A Stitch in Time - which fused biography, art and the history of fashion to explore the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. She is currently the history consultant and regular on-screen historian for BBC One's Great British Sewing Bee - and provides important insight into the skill and craftsmanship that is being undertaken on screen.

​A respected author, Amber has written five books on the history and culture of clothing, and has written for Fondazione PradaWorld of Interiors, The GuardianTimes Literary SupplementFinancial Times and BBC Culture. She is a regular contributor to Frieze and ArtReview, writing on the politics of dress and design.

She is a PhD researcher at the Centre for Curatorial Studies (University of Essex), and teaches cultural and historical studies at London College of Fashion. She is a regular public lecturer at institutions throughout the UK, Europe, and North America. Amber was also Lead Consultant in Forensic Garment Analysis with Alecto Forensics, working on cases that require examination and investigation of clothing and textiles. You can find her on the expert database of the National Crime Agency. 

Amber is currently developing an exhibition for the Design Museum in London. She has mentored for charities Arts Emergency and Kent Refugee Action Network

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Noteable Work

  • Great British Sewing Bee, BBC 2
  • A Stitch in Time, BBC 4
  • Inside Windsor Castle, Channel 5

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