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Portrait of Dr Kevin Almond Dr Kevin Almond

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Biography

Dr Kevin Almond graduated from Ravensbourne College of Art and Design with a degree in Fashion with Textiles. He then completed a Master of Design in Fashion Womenswear at the Royal College of Art, graduating with distinction. After experience as a fashion designer, pattern cutter and fashion illustrator in industry, and lecturer, he joined University of Huddersfield to establish the Fashion subject area. Fashion now houses a suite of exciting and dynamic undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Kevin was awarded a PhD, 'Suffering in Fashion: Relationships between suffering, the production of garments and their appropriation as fashionable items,' in 2012.

Kevin’s current role is as Head of Department for Fashion and Textiles. He initiates leadership, academic vision and management for a diverse team of academic staff. Kevin's teaching responsibilities are focused on the two fashion design degrees, instructing in pattern cutting, toile making, fitting and collection preparation. He also manages and produces the annual fashion show. He supervises MRes students and is also on PhD supervisory teams.

Kevin’s present research focuses on suffering in fashion, body shaping and the presentation of the fashionable ideal of self and he has published widely. He has also been recently been appointed a trustee of The Costume Society for a three year tenure.

Research & Scholarship

There has been much recent debate about the study of fashion as a viable academic research topic. There is a strong divide between scholars/research professionals and practitioners. In my research I attempt to bring together the two disparate approaches to analyzing fashion, the theoretical/philosophical and the practical/industrial in order to investigate the questions posed. There is suspicion within both camps: the practitioner would question the credibility of the scholar who writes about fashion yet has little experience in designing and making clothes. Likewise, the scholar is suspicious of the practitioner who attempts to write and theorize about clothes. I attempt to discuss the process of fashion design and production from a hands-on perspective. I believe this methodology has added credibility with fashion educators and the wider design industry because the research results have been arrived at from practical experience. I also believe there is a lot further to go with this marrying of the scholarly and the practical and it is an exciting methodology I continue to use in my analysis of fashion.

Within the wide realm of suffering in fashion, my main areas of research include the following:

Research Areas
  • Suffering in fashion: Links that expose issues in the production of garments and their appropriation as fashionable items
  • Body shaping and the presentation of the fashionable ideal of self
  • How fashion has mirrored change in UK society
  • Bespoke Tailoring: The Luxury and Heritage we can afford
  • Fashion in Clubland: The safe space for glamour
  • Expression and Repression: The glamorous presentation of self
  • Creative pattern cutting
  • Fashion and obesity
  • 1940’s fashion
  • The creative economy and aesthetic market place
  • Sculptural thinking in fashion

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

Almond, K (2014) ‘Masquerade in Clubland: A Safe Space for Glamour’. In: Visual Culture and Gender. Oxford, UK: Routledge. . ISBN 978-0-415-83004-1

Almond, K (2014) ‘M????? ?????????????: ??-???????????????? ?????? ??????? ???? (Fashionably Voluptuous: Repackaging the Fuller Sized Figure’. In: Russian Fashion Theory. : NLO Books. pp. 73-103. ISBN 5-86793-472-1

Almond, K (2014) ‘Fashion in Jeopardy’. In: Fashion and Conflict: Not Living in Khaki, 18th October 2014, London Costume Society, London, UK

Almond, K. and Swindells, S. (2014) ‘Sculptural Thinking in Fashion’. In: Fashion Thinking, History, Theory, Practice, 30 October 2014 - 1 November 2014, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Almond, K (2014) ‘M????? ?????????????: ??-???????????????? ?????? ??????? ???? (Fashionably Voluptuous: Repackaging the Fuller Sized FigureRussian Fashion Theory , 33, pp. 73-103. ISSN 5-86793-472-1

Almond, K. and Swindells, S. (2014) ‘Sculptural Thinking in Fashion’. In: 6th Global Conference: Fashion (September 2014: Oxford, United Kingdom), Monday 15th September – Thursday 18th September 2014 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom, Oxford, UK

Almond, K (2014) ‘Made in Yorkshire: Harnessing the ZeitgistCatwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style , 3 (1), pp. 1-24. ISSN 2045 2349

2013

Almond, K (2013) ‘The Forties Effect: An Appraisal of the Definitive 1940’s Look and its Influence on FashionInternational Journal of Costume and Fashion , 13 (2), pp. 79-92. ISSN 2288-7490

Almond, K (2013) ‘Guest Editorial Special Edition ‘Creative Cut’ The International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education The International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education , 6 (2), pp. 71-71. ISSN 1754-3266

Almond, K (2013) ‘Fashionably Voluptuous: Repackaging the Fuller-Sized FigureFashion Theory , 17 (2), pp. 197-226. ISSN 1362-704X

Almond, K (2013) ‘Introduction to: The First International Symposium for Creative Pattern Cutting’. In: The First International Symposium for Creative Pattern Cutting, 6 - 7 February 2013, University of Huddersfield

Almond, K (2013) ‘Raiding the past, desgigning for the future’. In: Futurescan 2: Collective Voices Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses, 10th - 11th January 2013, Sheffield Hallam University

Almond, K (2013) ‘Raiding the Past, Designing for the Future’. In: Raiding the Past: Understanding the Present –Futurescan 2 Collective Voices. Sheffield, UK: The Association of Fashion Textile Courses. . ISBN 978 1 907382 64 2

Almond, K. and Brennand, K.(2013) Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting ('Behind the Seams' Acquisition) [Show/Exhibition]

2012

Almond, K (2012) ‘Yves Saint Laurent – Dazzling ColouristJournal of the International Colour Association , 9, pp. 1-4. ISSN 2227-1309

Almond, K (2012) ‘Masquerade in Clubland’. In: Music Fashion and Fantasy. Costume Society Study Day, 20th October 2012, London College of Fashion

Almond, K (2012) ‘Made in Yorkshire: Harnessing the Zeitgeist’. In: Fashioning the City: Exploring Fashion Cultures, Structures and Systems, 19th - 21st September 2012, Royal College of Art, London

Almond, K (2012) ‘Bespoke Tailoring the Luxury and Heritage we can affordhttp://articles.fibre2fashion.com/ .

Wigley, S., Thomson, J., Teller, C. and Almond, K. (2012) ‘The ‘Obesity Crisis’ and Fashion Retailing – a UK view. ’. In: 19th Eirass Conference on Retailing and Consumer Services, July 9th-11th 2012, Vienna, Austria

Almond, K. and Brennand, K. (2012) ‘Insufficient Allure The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting’. In: ROTO? Programme Part 1. Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield. p. 4. ISBN 9781862181021

Brennand, K. and Almond, K. (2012) ‘Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting (ROTOR) ROTO? . ISSN 978-1-86218-102-1

Almond, K. and Brennand, K.(2012) Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting [Show/Exhibition]

Almond, K (2012) ‘Masquerade in Clubland: A Safe Space for Glamour’. In: Subcultures Symposium, 22nd February 2012, University of Huddersfield

Almond, K (2012) Suffering in Fashion: Relationships between Suffering, The Production of Garments and Their Appropriation as Fashionable Items Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

2011

Almond, K (2011) ‘Hand crafted bespoke tailoring’. In: Textiles Research in Process, 16th - 17th November 2011, Loughborough University

Almond, K (2011) ‘Suffering in fashion: the links that expose issues for the future production of garments and their appropriation as fashionable items International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education , 4 (3), pp. 153-160. ISSN 1754-3266

Almond, K (2011) ‘Madame Gres – Goddess of Drape: Review of ‘Madame Gres: Couture at Work’, Musee Bourdelle, Paris 25th March – 28th August 2011 Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry Yearbook 2012 , pp. 1-2.

Swindells, S. and Almond, K. (2011) ‘Introduction: radar Editorial Review 2011Radar , 1 (2), pp. 1-3. ISSN 2049-4327

Almond, K (2011) ‘Bespoke Tailoring: The Luxury and Heritage we can afford’. In: Fashion Colloquia London 2011, 21st - 22nd September 2011, London College of Fashion

Almond, K (2011) ‘Masquerade in Clubland: A Safe Space for GlamourVisual Culture and Gender , 6 , pp. 7-18. ISSN 1936-1912

Almond, K (2011) ‘Bespoke Tailoring: the luxury and heritage we can afford’. In: Fashion Colloquia - London, 21st - 22nd September 2011, London College of Fashion, London, UK

Almond, K (2011) ‘Fashion in peril: an investigation into how fashion mirrored change in UK society International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education , 4 (1), pp. 21-30. ISSN 1754-3266

Almond, K (2011) ‘Bespoke tailoring: the luxury and heritage we can affordThe International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society , 7 (2), pp. 77-88. ISSN 1832-3669

Almond, K (2011) ‘Diversity in Clubland: A Safe Space for Glamour’. In: Eleventh International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, 20-22 June 2011, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town South Africa

Almond, K (2011) ‘Bespoke tailoring: the luxury and heritage we can afford’. In: The International Conference of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 25-27 Mar 2011, University of Basque Country, Spain

Almond, K. and Massey, I. (2011) ‘Raiding the Past: Understanding the Present A symposium looking at the impact of visual culture in the 1960s and 1970s.’. In: Raiding the Past: Understanding the Present, 16th February 2011, University of Huddersfield

Almond, K (2011) ‘Expression and Repression: The Glamorous Presentation of Self The International Journal of the Arts in Society , 5 (3), pp. 1-14. ISSN 1833-1866

2010

Almond, K (2010) ‘Expression and repression: the glamorous presentation of self’. In: The International Conference of the Arts in Society, 2010, Sydney, Australia

Almond, K (2010) The University of Huddersfield fashion show 2010 [Show/Exhibition]

Almond, K (2010) ‘Cutting the FutureRadar , 1 (1), pp. 6-7. ISSN 2049-4327

Almond, K (2010) ‘Insufficient Allure: The Luxurious Art and Cost of Creative Pattern CuttingThe International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education , 3 (1), pp. 15-24. ISSN 1754-3266

Almond, K (2010) ‘'It Looks Very Home Dress-makey': Strategies to include fashion students to realise a professionally finished garmentFuturescan: Journal of Conference Proceedings , 1, pp. 1-24. ISSN 9781907382307

2009

Almond, K (2009) ‘Vionnet: Without BiasColour: Design & Creativity , 4, pp. 1-3. ISSN 1753-7223

Almond, K (2009) ‘Inspiring Creative and Innovative Pattern Cutting’. In: Conference Proceedings: Futurescan: mapping the territory. : Association of Fashion and Textile Courses. . ISBN 9781907382307

Almond, K (2009) ‘‘It Looks Very Home Dress-Makey’ ’. In: Fashion/Textile Association Futurescan: Mapping the Future Conference, November 2009, University of Liverpool

Almond, K (2009) ‘You have to suffer for Fashion’. In: Public Lecture University Centre Barnsley, July 2009, University Centre Barnsley

Almond, K (2009) ‘The Tragic Descent of Serious Reaction to Misplaced Sentiment’. In: 4th International Conference of the Arts in Society, 28th - 31st July 2009, Venice, Italy

Almond, K (2009) The University of Huddersfield fashion show 2009 [Show/Exhibition]

Almond, K (2009) ‘You have to suffer for fashion’. In: 11th Annual Conference for the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI), 2nd - 3rd April 2009, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK

Almond, K (2009) ‘IFFTI Conference Report 2009www.colourclick.org .

Almond, K (2009) ‘‘You Have to Suffer for Fashion’: An investigation into how the body has been distorted through the cut and construction of fashionable clothingIFFTI Journal of Conference Proceedings , pp. 197-210. ISSN 9780956038227

Almond, K (2009) ‘The Tragic Descent of Serious Reaction to Misplaced SentimentInternational Journal of the Arts in Society , 4 (1), pp. 131-142. ISSN 1833-1866

2008

Almond, K (2008) ‘The Golden Age of Couture (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 22 September 2007 to 6 January 2008) Colour: Design & Creativity , 2, pp. 1-4.

2007

Almond, K (2007) The University of Huddersfield fashion show 2007 [Show/Exhibition]

1997

Almond, K (1997) ‘[Essays from The St James Fashion Encyclopedia]’. In: The St James Fashion Encyclopedia, A Survey of Style. USA: Visible Ink Press. pp. 1-200. ISBN 0-7876-1036-4

1995

Almond, K (1995) ‘[Essays from Contemporary Fashion]’. In: Contemporary Fashion. USA: St James Press. pp. 1-500. ISBN 1-55862-173-3

1988

Almond, K (1988) ‘Public image versus private self: the tragedy of camp dressing’. In: Components of Dress. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 95-97. ISBN 9780415006484

Almond, K () ‘The Fashion Curriculum’. In: The Textile Centre of Excellence, 2010, The Huddersfield Textile Society, Huddersfield

Esteem

Awards

2014 Leeds Museums and Galleries - Awarded research funding of £3000 to support the school funded PhD 'Made in Yorkshire'. Signed agreement of collaboration will allow the student access to the vast archive of fashion and textiles housed with Leeds Museums and Galleries.

2013
 February 2012, Lectra – Awarded sponsorship of £3000 for The First International Symposium for Creative Pattern Cutting University of Huddersfield February 6th – 7th 2013

2012
 University conference fund - £1000 to attend and present papers at three conferences in 2012

2011
 University research funding - £1000 to research obesity in fashion resulting in the paper: ‘Fashionably Voluptuous: Repackaging the Fuller Sized Figure' Journal of Fashion Theory (accepted for publication June 2013 volume and ISBN to be confirmed)

2011
 School research funding - £5000 to curate exhibition Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting and develop conference in 2013 of the same name

2009
 School Teaching and Learning Grant - £500 to develop project Innovative and Creative Pattern Cutting – an exhibition and Catalogue that celebrates the work of the alumni of fashion design graduates at University of Huddersfield. April 2009, IFFTI Conference, London College of Fashion – Fashion and Well Being – paper ‘You Have to Suffer for Fashion’ – Awarded prize for best paper Junior Faculty $2000

Journal Editor and Journal Referee

Guest Editor, The International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, Special Edition: ‘The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting’ 2013

Editor, The First International Symposium for Creative Pattern Cutting, University of Huddersfield, 2013

Reviewer for Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses annual conference journal Futurescan 2, 2013

Associate Editor, Colour Design and Creativity – 2012 – present

Associate Editor, SDC Online Journal, Colour, Design and Creativity – 2008 - present

Associate Editor, The International Journal of the Arts in Society – 2009 – present

Associate Editor, The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations

Associate Editor, The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society

Referee - International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes Annual Global Conference

Memberships

Trustee of The Costume Society 2013 - 2016

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry

The Costume Society

The Northern Society of Costume and Textiles

The British Fashion Council Student Forum

Huddersfield Textile Society

Member, Steering Committee Yorkshire Fashion Week

Member International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes

Invited Keynote Lectures/Presentations

  • Almond, K (2012) Masquerade in Clubland: A Safe Space for Glamour, Music, Fashion and Fantasy: from Masquerade to Lady Gaga, The Costume Society Annual Study Day, London College of Fashion, The Costume Society, 20th October
  • Almond, K (2012) Made in Yorkshire: Harnessing the Zeitgeist, Fashioning the City: Exploring Fashion Cultures, Structures and Systems, Royal College of Art, London, 19th -21st September
  • Almond, K (2011) ‘Bespoke Tailoring: the Luxury and Heritage we can Afford’ presented at Fashion Colloquia, London College of Fashion 21st -22nd September 2011
  • 2010 – The Huddersfield Textile Society, ‘The Fashion Curriculum’, The Textile Centre of Excellence, Huddersfield
  • 2009 – Public Lecture ‘You Have to Suffer for Fashion’ University Centre Barnsley

Research Degree Supervision

Research Areas

  • Suffering in fashion: Links that expose issues in the production of garments and their appropriation as fashionable items
  • Body shaping and the presentation of the fashionable ideal of self
  • How fashion has mirrored change in UK society
  • Bespoke Tailoring: The Luxury and Heritage we can afford
  • Fashion in Clubland: The safe space for glamour
  • Expression and Repression: The glamorous presentation of self
  • Creative pattern cutting
  • Fashion and obesity
  • 1940’s fashion
  • The creative economy and aesthetic market place
  • Sculptural thinking in fashion

Current student projects are:

PhD
2014 – current Sharon Bainbridge: “Made in Yorkshire”

MRes
2012 – current Elizabeth Garland: “Second Skin, A Body Conscious Approach to Pattern Cutting”
2012 – current Phiona Fitzgerald: “A Manual in Historical Fashion and Costume for use as a Teaching Tool”
2013 – current Debbie Allsop: “An analysis of ways to positively engage and instill enthusiasm for construction as a means of expressing creativity in students of fashion design”
2013 – current Helen Howell: ‘Recycling Textiles’
2014 – current Vaida Bubnyte: ‘The effectiveness of advertising campaigns and visual brand appearance for fashion houses’

Enterprise Activities

  • 2011 Ginetta Lifestyle - consultancy to produce collection of luxury branded clothing
    Further details: This project involved was funded by a £10,000 University development grant. Three final year, University of Huddersfield, fashion graduates were employed by Ginetta who are a luxury sports car company. The company wanted to develop a lifestyle brand of fashion clothing around the history and aura of GInetta. During the first three months of the graduate’s employment they were based at the university and a small staff team led by myself assisted the students in all aspects of the research and design process. This involved considerable research into the Ginetta archives in order to derive inspiration for shapes, prints and fashion ideas. The men’s and womenswear range was subsequently successfully marketed and sold internationally through trade shows and Ginetta events.
  • 2011 The British Council – e-mentoring for Nigerian designer Henrietta Aghoboola.
  • 2008 Redesign and production of new outfits for Huddersfield Choral Society in conjunction with Textile Centre of Excellence
  • 2004 Design and production of dresses for Oxford Stationary organised by RAM PR. These were worn by models at London Fashion Week in February 2004 to promote the stationary as a fashion “must have”

Teaching and Professional Activities

Undegraduate teaching on fashion design
Postgraduate supervision
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