Vanessa Jones is a researcher and curatorial professional who specialises in twentieth and twenty–first–century fashion and textiles. Vanessa is currently the archivist at Standfast and Barracks where she looks after approximately 11,000 textiles and works of art on paper, dating from the 1770s to contemporary designs.
Over the past five years, Vanessa has worked at a number of cultural institutions most notably the Victoria and Albert Museum. She contributed to several publications and exhibitions including ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, ‘London Society Fashion 1905-1925: The Wardrobe of Heather Firbank’ and ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’. Vanessa has also worked as a Curatorial Fellow at Charleston Trust, where her research has recently been published in the Piano Nobile publication ‘From Omega to Charleston: The Art of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, 1910 – 1934’. In addition, Vanessa organised and facilitated a museum youth group ‘The Young Curators’ Collective’ at the Museum of Farnham for young adults interested in the arts and heritage sector.