Cyana Madsen is a curator, researcher and archivist exploring the relationship between garments and biography. She uses exhibition-making and material culture research to examine how lived experience permeates worn clothing, and how the researcher acts as a potential interrupter of this biography.
Originally from the west coast of Canada, she graduated from Toronto’s Ryerson University (BA, 2006) and began her career in broadcasting as an archivist, prior to working as a commercial stylist and costumer. After relocating to the UK, she spent two years as a volunteer in the Fashion and Decorative Arts Collection at the Museum of London. Madsen attended London College of Fashion’s MA Fashion Curation degree program, where she graduated with a Master of Arts (Distinction) in 2019.
Cyana Madsen has worked with clothing collections and archives at the Museum of London, The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection, Fashion and Textile Museum, London College of Fashion, heritage clothing designer Nigel Cabourn, bespoke shoemakers George Cleverley & Co., Savile Row tailoring houses Anderson & Sheppard and Huntsman. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of London, London College of Fashion, OXO Bargehouse, The Horse Hospital and MoMA. Her research focuses on biography, menswear, collectors’ legacy and curatorial interruption.