Gale R. Owen-Crocker : President

Gale R. Owen-Crocker


Gale R. Owen-Crocker is Professor Emerita of the University of Manchester where she was formerly Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture and Director of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies. With Robin Netherton she founded the annual journal Medieval Clothing and Textiles and co-edited it for 16 years. She is chief editor of the Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles of the British Isles c. 450-1450 and she directed the Lexis of Cloth and Clothing project which produced the free on-line data base which documents the vocabulary of medieval cloth and clothing in all languages spoken and written in medieval Britain. Her books include Dress in Anglo-Saxon England, Medieval Dress and Textiles in Britain: A Multilingual Sourcebook (with Louise Sylvester and Mark Chambers), Clothing the Past (with Elizabeth Coatsworth) and The Bayeux Tapestry: Collected Papers.

Ninya Mikhaila : Chair

Ninya Mikhaila


Ninya Mikhaila is a historical costumier and co-author of The Tudor Tailor series of books on reconstructing sixteenth century dress. Her clients include Historic Royal Palaces, The Royal Armouries, The National Trust, English Heritage, The National Archives and Gainsborough’s House. In 2018 Ninya featured in a BBC television series A Stitch in Time, which looks at what reconstructing period clothes can tell us about people in the past.
Christine Carnie : Secretary

Christine Carnie


Christine studied at the University in Tübingen, Germany, medieval studies and American studies with a focus on media. She has been researching textiles and clothing of the middle ages and early modern period for over 10 years, and runs her own business making historical clothing, specialising in men’s garments.
Challe Hudson : Treasurer

Challe Hudson


Challe is an independent researcher interested in late medieval and early modern English fashion. She has a MEd in Science Education with a focus on informal education and museum studies. Over 25 years of experience as a costumed living historian she has researched and recreated clothing from multiple eras, cultures, and social classes for herself, her family, and her friends. She is currently studying the depiction of Tudor women's fashion preserved on church monuments, effigies and monumental brasses, and is an active member of the Monumental Brass Society and the Church Monuments Society.
Linde Merrick : Membership Secretary

Linde Merrick

Membership Secretary

Linde Merrick is a long-standing member, and former Director/Trustee of The Knitting & Crochet Guild,
a Friend of the Royal School of Needlework and an active member of the Embroiderers’ Guild and the
Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, Her wide ranging interest in these crafts and all textile
and fashion topics has been enhanced by her membership of both MEDATS and the Association of Dress
Historians, particularly with respect to their coverage of Tudor costume.
Carole Thompson : Ticketing Secretary

Carole Thompson

Ticketing Secretary

Carole has been a freelance costume maker for many years, having worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne among others. Her interest is in construction techniques of garments and embroidery, and for the last ten years she has been a volunteer at the Constance Howard Centre at Goldsmiths University, where they have a large collection of garments, textiles and embroideries although, alas, nothing as old as medieval.
Natalie Bramwell-Booth : Events Secretary

Natalie Bramwell-Booth

Events Secretary

Natalie has an MRes in the study of sixteenth and seventeenth-century art and fashion, and has looked at embroidery design, particularly in relation to the Bacton Altar Cloth and the Rainbow Portrait of Elizabeth I. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Southampton, examining seventeenth-century dress and textiles. She has a background in dressmaking and costume making, and has made costumes for interpreters at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.
Heather A. D. Mbaye : Publicity Secretary

Heather A. D. Mbaye

Publicity Secretary

Dr. Heather A. D. Mbaye is currently Professor in the Department of Civic Engagement and Public Service at the University of West Georgia in the USA. She is Editor of Studies in the Social Sciences, a journal dedicated to open access publishing of socially significant academic work.

Her textile interests lie in European costume and pattern geometry from 1000-1650AD. In particular, she is interested in recreating clothing using period techniques and shapes and in the social implications and meanings of clothing. She is also reenactor, and is Dame Sibella in the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Pat Poppy : Newsletter Editor

Pat Poppy

Newsletter Editor

Pat is an independent researcher and retired academic librarian, with an interest in late medieval and early modern clothing and textiles.  She has an MA in Early Modern English History. She is a member of the Costume Society editorial board, and has published several articles in peer reviewed journals. She is currently working on producing a database of clothing in seventeenth century wills and inventories for a future publication by The Tudor Tailor group.