Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Elaine Evans

Senior Teaching Fellow in Fashion

0113 343 2315

G.74a Clothworkers Building Central

Office hours: Mon: 9am - 2.30pm, Tues: 9am - 5pm, Wed: 9am - 2.30pm, Thurs: 9.30am - 2.30pm



After graduating from the University of Leeds, Elaine Evans worked as a garment technician in two roles, including made-to-measure, before joining the School of Design in 2001, and is now a Senior Teaching Fellow in Fashion. Her teaching specialism is garment technology, construction and pattern cutting.

Elaine is a member and secretary of the Yorkshire Fashion Archive executive committee, and jointly oversees the management and care of the Yorkshire Fashion Archive, which is housed in the School of Design.

Research Interests

Garment construction and pattern cutting, use of nonwoven fabrics in apparel applications, 19th – 21st Century fashion, ethical fashion.

Pedagogical work with particular reference to practice based / design based subjects, including the use of blended learning materials in a practice based setting: Elaine secured a Faculty Teaching Development award and ADF funding to support development of a series of learning support materials relating to Garment Technology.

Elaine co-manages the Yorkshire Fashion Archive, which is a research hub within the Fashion area at the University of Leeds’ School of Design which explores interactions between clothing and social / cultural history. The Archive informs teaching with the Fashion area, and a major project is underway to catalogue the YFA pieces using a museum standard database, in order to make the YFA more accessible to students and other interested parties.  Elaine enabled the purchase of the database software by securing TESS funding and supervises volunteers interested in working with the collection.


Level Subject
Level 2 DESN 2661 Garment Technology 2
DESN 2658 20th Century Fashion
Level 3 DESN 3559 Fashion Innovation: Research and Analysis

DESN 3568 Fashion Innovation: Product (Negotiated Project)
DESN 3660 Independent Study


Elaine is Access to Leeds tutor for the Fashion Design programme, and is also developing alumni relations for the School of Design’s Fashion Design programme.  Elaine co-manages the Yorkshire Fashion Archive.


Journal articles

  • Sanad R, Cassidy T, Cheung V, Evans EL (2013) “Fabric and Garment Drape Measurement - Part 2”, Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics Li Y (eds.). 6.1
    DOI: 10.3993/jfbi03201309

Conference papers

  • Evans EL (2011) Looking to the Future; a response to the challenges of design education in the 21st Century Using C&IT. DRS SIG in Design Pedagogy (Unpublished)

  • Evans EL (2010) Looking to the Future; a response to the challenges of design education in the 21st Century using C&IT.. DRS 2010 Montreal Proceedings: Proceedings of DRS 2010 Montreal Design Research Society.: 38-38.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/87563/


  • Evans EL, Watson C 'Snapshot' A Story of Family, Fashion & Friends.

  • Watson C, Evans E, Blair F The Synthetics Revolution: an exhibition of man-made fibres and everyday fashion.

Research Centres & Groups

Textile and Fashion Design

Archiving and Design History

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Elaine Evans recently co-supervised a PhD in The Drape Measurement of Nonwovens and its Influence on Garment Appearance.

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