Dr Benjamin Wild


Dr Benjamin Wild


Email: b.wild@mmu.ac.uk

Telephone: 0161 247 2621

Academic and professional qualifications

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Previous Employment

Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design, London

Sotheby's Institute of Art, London

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Undergraduate teaching

Unit lead Fashion Cultures 1

Postgraduate research supervision

Available for PhD supervision

Projects and initiatives

Co-host Dress:Fancy podcast.

Media appearances or involvement

Ted Talk - 'The Magnificence of Marginality'.


Research Interests

A historian of the decorative arts, my research seeks to situate contemporary and
historic dress and  fashions within their social and cultural context. Chiefly,
I am keen to understand how material objects - primarily clothing and jewellery
- become imbued with meaning to convey their owner's and wearer's values. Much
of my research is characterised by an interdisciplinary and diachronic
approach, which I believe is most effective to identify continuities and
changes in cultural history.


Wild, BL., 2020. 'Carnival to Catwalk Global Reflections on Fancy Dress Costume', Bloomsbury Visual Arts.

Wild, B., Walker, T., 2016. 'A Life in Fashion The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton'.

Book Chapters

Wild, B., 2019. 'Clothing Royal Bodies: Changing attitudes to royal dress and appearance from the Middle Ages to Modernity'. In The Routledge History of Monarchy, Routledge.

Wild, B., 2019. 'Romantic Recreations: Remembering Stuart Monarchy in Nineteenth-Century Fancy Dress Entertainments'. In Remembering Kings and Queens in Early Modern England and France: Reputation, Reinterpretation, Reincarnation, Palgrave MacMillan.

Journal Articles

Wild, B., 2016. 'Imitation in fashion: Further reflections on the work of Thorstein Veblen and Georg Simmel', Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, 3 (3), pp. 281-294.

Wild, BL., 2015. 'To have and to hold: Masculinity and the clutch bag', Critical Studies in Men???s Fashion, 2 (1), pp. 43-54.

Wild, BL., 2014. 'Secrecy, splendour and statecraft: the jewel accounts of King Henry III of England, 1216-72', Historical Research, 83 (221), pp. 409-430.

Wild, B., 2014. 'The civilizing process and sartorial studies', Clothing Cultures, 1 (3), pp. 213-224.

Wild, BL., 2011. 'Emblems and enigmas: Revisiting the ‘sword’ belt of Fernando de la Cerda', Journal of Medieval History, 37 (4), pp. 378-396.

Wild, BL., 2010. 'A Gift Inventory from the Reign of Henry III', The English Historical Review, CXXV (514), pp. 529-569.

Office Location

Room C2.32
Cavendish South
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Street
Manchester M15 6BG