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Research Expertise and Interests

I am a historian of the British fashion industry with particular expertise in the economic, social, and cultural impact of fashion business and manufacturing since c.1840.

The modern fashion industry is my current area of research, and I am principally interested in oral histories of the rag trade in the post-war period. My research aims to shed light on the hidden world of the fashion factory, and goes beyond questions specific to socio-economic concerns around workplace conditions to offer new perspectives on the importance of the rag trade and its workforce in the creation of British fashion at its productive peak in the 1960s and 1970s.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Fashion History
  • Fashion Business
  • Cultural Studies
  • Business History
  • Oral History
  • Economic History
  • Material Culture
  • Modern British History
  • Cultural History
  • Social History

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Economy Arts & Humanities
Rag Arts & Humanities
1970s Arts & Humanities
Revitalization Arts & Humanities
Knitting Arts & Humanities
Fashion Industry Arts & Humanities
Economics Arts & Humanities
Scotland Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2014 2019

Cabbage, Tradition and Bunce: Marion Donaldson and the Black Economy of the British Rag Trade in the 1970s

Halbert, J., 9 Sep 2019, In : Textile History. 50, 2, p. 187-205 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hidden economy

The revitalisation of a craft economy: The case of Scottish knitting

Halbert, J., 1 Dec 2018, In : Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty. 9, 2, p. 179-195 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Fashion Industry

Activities 2014 2019

  • 6 Oral presentation
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Consultancy

Fashion Agents and the Business of Selling Marion Donaldson

Jade Halbert (Speaker)
30 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Parliamentary event: AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers on 'The Importance of Expert Voices'.

Jade Halbert (Speaker)
17 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Everyday Fashion

Jade Halbert (Organiser)
27 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

In Conversation with Marion and David Donaldson

Jade Halbert (Speaker)
13 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Liberty Art Fabrics and Fashion

Jade Halbert (Consultant)
28 Jul 201812 Jan 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Press / Media

AHRC blog: Five key moments that shaped the British fashion industry

Jade Halbert


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

AHRC New Thinking podcast

Jade Halbert


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The use of second hand clothing - BBC Radio 3 interview

Jade Halbert


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker 2019

Jade Halbert


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Boogie Nichts

Jade Halbert


2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment