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Fueled by visions instilled in her since childhood when her favourite author, Leon Garfield, painted a picture through his stories of London in all its 18th-century glory, Celia Joicey was perhaps destined for a career that linked her love of the city’s history to her love of art and design. Now, she sits at the helm of the Fashion and Textile Museum (which was founded in 2003 by Zandra Rhodes) where she was appointed in 2011. Positioned in Bermondsey, South London, the museum places particular focus on celebrating the heritage of fashion and textiles that originated in the surrounding area – leather and wool trades have roots firmly planted in Bermondsey Street – as well as new and emerging talent that continues to migrate that way.
After graduating from a history degree at Cambridge University, Joicey launched an admirable career in the fashion industry, which boasts stints in the educational department at the Victoria and Albert Museum and working as a lecturer at the Royal Society of Arts. Her appointment at the Fashion and Textile Museum seems like a seamless fit. As an establishment, it not only prides itself on continuously showcasing developments in contemporary fashion but also in the support and training that it offers for its workers. Many of its core values are a continuation of those instilled by Rhodes since its launch; expect to see not only inspirational exhibits on display but educational courses for students and young businesses worked into the program as well, plus talks and lectures aimed at the city’s up and coming creatives.
Joicey’s achievements don’t stop there… she’s also the author of a series of educational books aimed at teenagers including How To Draw Like A Fashion Designer and How To Draw Vintage Fashion.