Nathaniel Dafydd Beard

Senior Lecturer


Programme Leader for MSc International Fashion Marketing at CULC, Nathaniel is Co-Founder of the Fashion Research Network (FRN) a collaborative venture with the Royal College of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Nathaniel’s PhD research at the Royal College of Art concerns ‘Fashion Cities and Style Centres: The Emergence of Contemporary Fashion Cultures’ (working title).  In September 2012, evolving from this work, Nathaniel convened and project managed “Fashioning the City: Exploring Fashion Cultures, Structures and Systems”, the first full-scale international conference on fashion to be held at the Royal College of Art.

His work has been published in Fashion Theory: Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, Address: Journal of Fashion Writing and Criticism, BIAS: Journal of Dress Practice, Sexymachinery and Arc, and in book chapters in Germany, UK, and USA. Nathaniel is a regular presenter and commentator on Fashion, Cities and Culture at conferences in the UK and across Europe.


  • PhD by thesis, Royal College of Art, London, UK (Expected 2017)
  • MA Mode, Vormgeving en Strategie, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de kunsten Arnhem, Arnhem, the Netherlands (2003)
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Management, London College of Fashion, London UK (2001)

Professional and Industry Memberships

  • Co-Founder, Fashion Research Network (FRN), established in 2013
  • Academic Review Panel Member for Shapeshifting – Transformative Paradigms of Fashion and Textile Design, Conference, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand, 14th-16th April 2014

Research and Consultancy

Nathaniel is Co-Founder of the Fashion Research Network (FRN), established in 2013 as a collaborative venture set up to promote and share the work of PhD and early career researchers in fashion and dress studies. The network was started with PhD Candidates from the Royal College of Art (Ellen Sampson) and the Courtauld Institute of Art (Katerina Pantelides and Alexis Romano) in response to their own experience of navigating the networks already open to fashion researchers. Evolving from initial conversations on the merits and frustrations of research into fashion and dress, FRN provides a space for discussion about the nature of fashion and dress research. Previous collaborators and partners include: Centre for Fashion Curation, London College of Fashion, Royal College of Art, Coventry University London Campus, Open University, University of Cape Town, INIVA, fig-2, ICA, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, Somerset House, and the V&A Museum

Publications and Scholarship Activities

  • ‘Fashion Monitor: Surveillance as a Fashion Skill,’ (2015) in BIAS: Journal of Dress Practice, Issue 3, Fashion and Surveillance, New York, NY: Parsons, The New School for Design.
  • ‘Figureheads and Apparitions: The Ministers of Style,’ (2014) in BIAS: Journal of Dress Practice, Issue 2, Fashion and Politics, New York, NY: Parsons The New School for Design.
  • ‘Chameleon, Hybrid, Medusa, Octopus: Fashion as Polymath,’ (2013) in Arc, Issue 17.2, Crossings: The Polymath Issue, London: Royal College of Art.
  • ‘Fashion as Disruption,’ Catalogue Essay in Nils Jean, Editor (2013) Disruption - Research RCA Biennial Exhibition Catalogue, London: Royal College of Art.
  • ‘Exhibition Review – Fashion Clash Maastricht,’ (2012) in Valerie Steele, Editor, Fashion Theory: Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, Volume 16, Number 1, March, London and New York, NY: Berg.
  • ‘From Out of the Box’, in Johannes Reponen, Editor (2011) Address - Journal for Fashion Writing and Criticism, London: Address Publications.

Conference Papers (Selected): 

  • The Fashion City: Collaboration, Influence, Identity, Conference Paper presented at Fashion: 84th Anglo-American Conference of Historians, 2nd-3rd July 2015, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
  • The Spectre of Paris: Beyond Haute Couture, Conference Paper presented at Fashion Colloquia Paris, 4th-5th October 2012, Institut Français de la Mode, Paris, France
  • Modestad: Stylish Encounters in Antwerp, Amsterdam and Arnhem, Conference Paper presented at 9th Biennial Conference Low Countries, Big Cities, 3rd-5th April 2012, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  • The Fashion City: A New Paradigm in the Cultural Landscape?, Conference Paper presented at Imaging Spaces/Places, 24th-26th August 2011, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Solo Exhibition:

  • Formatting Fashion: Thinking, Writing, Making, Speaking and Exhibiting, 27th January-29th February 2016, Coventry University London Campus

Teaching Areas

  • Business and Research Management Methods
  • Marketing in a Global Age
  • Dissertation
  • International Fashion Marketing
  • London Live Project
  • Fashion Marketing and Communication
  • History and Future of Fashion
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