BA (Hons) MA
Amber Butchart is a Lead Consultant in Forensic Garment Analysis with Alecto Forensics and works on cases that require examination and investigation of clothing and textiles, and also offers training sessions on forensic garment recording. She is a historian, author, and lecturer who specialises in putting clothing in its historical and cultural context. She has worked as an Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion over the last 15 years, and is a former visiting Research Fellow at University of the Arts London. She is the author of five titles on the history and culture of dress, and has contributed short form pieces for publications such as The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, and Frieze.
Amber regularly gives public lectures at institutions such as the Tate, the British Library, and the V&A museum, as well as speaking as a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, University of Portsmouth, Northern School of Art, University of Plymouth, and University for the Creative Arts. She previously worked as the buyer for an international vintage clothing company, sourcing and dating clothing and accessories for retail, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Association of Dress Historians, and the Dress and Textile Specialists network. She is also a trustee of the Costume Society, the UK’s oldest society of dress history.
Amber is listed as a forensic garment analyst on the expert database of the National Crime Agency.