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 his 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

Research statement

My current research revolves around a line of thought about the clothes we construct shaping our bodies, in order to present a ‘fashioned body’ (Entwistle, 2000) to the world. It is not specifically about the fashion industry and its system in terms of design, production and the consumer. The main thrust is what suffering means in terms of the skills in clothing manufacture and the ways in which clothes are then appropriated as fashionable items. It is important here to distinguish between ‘clothing’ and ‘fashion’, as outlined by the sociologist Yuniya Kawamura (2006) who clearly differentiates between the two: “Items of clothing must go through the process of transformation to be labeled as fashion.”

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

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) ‘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

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

PhD Supervision

If you are considering a PhD in this area, here is a sample of titles Kevin is able to supervise

  1. Fashion theory and cultural history
  2. Fashionable distortion of the body
  3. Creative and investigative pattern cutting
  4. Traditional technique versus new technology in fashion
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