Giorgio Riello is Associate Professor in Global History and Culture at the University of Warwick. He has written extensively on early modern textiles, dress and fashion, and material culture in Europe and Asia. He is the author of A Foot in the Past: Consumers, Producers and Footwear in the Long Eighteenth Century (2006) and has co-edited four volumes including (with Peter McNeil), Shoes: A History from Sandals to Sneakers (2006). Giorgio is currently writing a monograph entitled Global Cotton: Asia and the Making of Europe, 1200-1850
Peter McNeil is Professor of Design History at the University of Technology Sydney and Professor of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University. His anthology Shoes: A History from Sandals to Sneakers (with co-editor Dr G Riello) has been acclaimed by The Observer as ‘an exceptionally beautiful and wide-ranging history of footwear.' His recent publications include Fashion: Critical and Primary Sources from the Renaissance to Today (4 volumes) and the co-edited The Men’s Fashion Reader and Fashion in Fiction.