Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design

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Kevin Almond

Lecturer in Fashion Design

G.74

PhD, MDes RCA, BA (Hons)

Dr Kevin Almond has held various appointments in the fashion industry and academia. Kevin has published widely and research interests include: Creative Pattern Cutting, Clothing/Fashion Dichotomies, Sculptural Thinking in Fashion, Fashion as Masquerade.

Research Interests

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 presentation of self
  • Creative pattern cutting
  • Fashion and obesity
  • Fashion/Clothing Dichotomies
  • 1940’s fashion
  • The creative economy and aesthetic market place
  • Sculptural thinking in fashion

Teaching

DESN 2661 Garment Technology 2

DESN 2653 Design Development and Portfolio

DESN 3582 Fashion Styling and Photography

DESN 5311M Professional and Contextual Studies

Publications

Books

  • Almond K, Power J (2016) The Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting Abstracts. Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/111122/

Journal articles

  • Almond K (2018) “An Analysis of the Shoulder Pad in Female Fashion”, Fashion, Style and Popular Culture. (Accepted)
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/116577/

  • Almond K (2017) “A potential dichotomy: Clothing, fashion, and the UK apparel industry”, International Journal of Design in Society. 11.1: 1-14.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110476/

  • Almond K (2017) “‘A Review of Zero Waste Fashion Design’ by Timo Rissanen and Holly McQuillan (Book review)”, Fashion Practice. (Accepted)
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110494/

  • Almond K, Power EJ (2016) “Guest Editorial: Creative Cut”, International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education. 9.2: 95-96.
    DOI: 10.1080/17543266.2016.1181352, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/111390/

  • Almond K (2016) “The Status of Pattern Cutting”, Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry. 8.1: 168-180.
    DOI: 10.1080/17569370.2016.1147692, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110930/

  • Swindells S, Almond K (2016) “Reflections on Sculptural Thinking in Fashion”, Fashion Practice. 8.1: 44-62.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110946/

  • Garland L, Almond K (2016) “Second Skin: Investigating the Production of Contoured Patterns for the Theatrical Costume Industry”, Costume. 50.1: 90-113.
    DOI: 10.1080/05908876.2015.1129860, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110947/

  • Almond K (2015) “The spiral relationship between suffering and the production of fashionable clothes”, Clothing Cultures. 2.1: 27-49.
    DOI: 10.1386/cc.2.1.27_1, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110948/

  • Almond K (2014) “Made in Yorkshire: Harnessing the Zeitgist”, Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style. 3.1
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110956/

  • Almond K (2013) “The Forties effect: An Appraisal of the Definitive 1940’s Look and its Influence on Fashion”, International Journal of Costume and Fashion. 13.2: 79-92.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110949/

  • Almond K (2013) “Fashionably Voluptuous: Repackaging the Fuller-Sized Figure”, Fashion Theory. 17.2: 197-226.
    DOI: 10.2752/175174113X13541091797689, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/111087/

  • Almond K (2013) “Guest Editorial: ‘Creative Cut’ The International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education”, International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education. 6.2: 71-71.
    DOI: 10.1080/17543266.2013.793498, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/111123/

  • Almond K (2012) “Yves Saint Laurent – Dazzling Colourist”, Journal of the International Colour Association. 9: 1-4.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110954/

  • 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: 153-160.
    DOI: 10.1080/17543266.2011.585351

  • Almond K (2011) “Madame Gres: Goddess of Drape”, Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry Yearbook 2012.

  • Almond K (2011) “Madame Gres: Goddess of Drape”, Association of Suppliers to the Britsh Clothing Industry Yearbook.

  • Almond K (2011) “Bespoke tailoring: the luxury and heritage we can afford”, International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. 7.2: 77-88.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110960/

  • Almond K (2011) “Expression and Repression: The Glamorous Presentation of Self”, The International Journal of the Arts in Society. 5.3

  • Almond K (2011) “Masquerade in Clubland: A Safe Space for Glamour”, Journal of Visual Culture and Gender. 6

  • 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: 21-30.
    DOI: 10.1080/17543266.2010.517223

  • Almond K (2010) “Insufficient allure: the luxurious art and cost of creative pattern cutting”, The International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education. 3.1: 15-24.
    DOI: 10.1080/17543260903582474, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110959/

  • Almond K (2009) “Vionnet: Without Bias”, Colour, Design and Creativity. 4

  • Almond K (2009) “The Tragic Descent of Serious Reaction to Misplaced Sentiment”, The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review. 4.1: 131-142.
    DOI: 10.18848/1833-1866/CGP/v04i01/35559

  • Almond K (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: 1-4.

Chapters

  • Swindells S, Almond K (2015) “Sculptural Thinking in Fashion”, In: Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues. Interdisciplinary Press.

  • Almond K (2014) “Fashionably Voluptuous: Repackaging the Fuller Sized Figure”, In: Russian Fashion Theory. : NLO Books. Russia: 73-103
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/111086/

  • 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.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110952/

  • Almond K (2009) “It Looks Very Home-Dressmakey: Strategies to Encourage Fashion Design Students to Realise a Professionally Finished Garment: Cut, Contruction, Fabric, Colour”, In: Futurescan 1.

  • Almond K (1997) “Almond, K (1997) Essays on, John Anthony, Scott Barrie, Bellville Sassoon, Lorcan Mullany, Bodymap, Jean Cacharel, Oleg Cassini, Wendy Dagworthy, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Escada, Louis Feraud, Gianfranco Ferre, Norman Hartnell, Betty Jackson, Donna Karan, Herbert Kasper, Christian Lacroix, Guy Laroche, Jean Muir, Nina Ricci, Mila Schon, Per Spook, Chantal Thomas, Phillipe Venet, Diane Von Furstenberg”, In: The St. James Fashion Encyclopedia A Survey of Style from 1945 to the Present. Visible Ink Press.

  • Almond K (1995) “Contemporary Fashion”, In: Contemporary Fashion.

  • Almond K (1988) “Public image versus private self: the tragedy of camp dressing”, In: Components of Dress Design, Manufacturing, and Image-making in the Fashion Industry. Routledge.

Conference papers

  • Almond K (2017) Breaking the Rules in Pattern Cutting: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Breaking the Rules in Fashion Proceedings: International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes Journal of Conference Proceedings (Accepted)
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/113267/

  • 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 clothing. IFFTI Annual Conference 2009 Proceedings: Fashion and well-being? : IFFTI Conference Proceedings 2009 Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design.: 197-210.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110957/

Exhibitions

  • Almond K The Radical Decade: A review of the work of fashion designer Gerald McCann.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110485/

  • Almond K 'Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting.

Research Projects & Grants

CONFERENCES ORGANISED

2016 – The Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting – University of Huddersfield, February 24th –25th 2016, Sponsored by Lectra

The Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting was the second global conference to promote contemporary research into the art of creative cut and its significance within the fashion industry. The conference examined creative pattern cutting within contemporary fashion and provided a platform for pattern cutters, fashion designers, students, and educators to explore the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting.

2015 – Futurescan 2: Intersecting Identities – Glasgow School of Art, Association of Fashion and Textile Courses (FTC), January 10th – 11th 2013

I was part of the steering committee and review panel for this conference.

The Association of Fashion and Textile Courses is one of the UK Art and Design Higher Education subject associations, supporting and promoting research in and related to fashion and textiles.The conference provided a forum for established and emerging fashion, textile and related researchers to come together to communicate and discuss current research. The call for papers targetted submission from three different groups.

2014 – Transition: Rethinking Textiles and Surfaces – University of Huddersfield, November 26th and 27th 2014

This conference examined the future landscape and possibilities for Textile and Surface Design. Full papers  focused on the following four tracks:

  • Technology/Scientific
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Craft/Art /Handmade
  • Enterprise /Industry/Business

2013 – The First International Symposium for Creative Pattern Cutting – University of Huddersfield, February 6th –7th 2013, Sponsored by Lectra

A peer reviewed international symposium and forum for practicing pattern cutters, fashion designers,

students and educators exploring the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting within

contemporary fashion. Selected papers published in: The International Journal of Fashion Design,

Technology and Education, Special Edition: ‘The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting’, 2013 guest edited

by Kevin Almond

2013 – Futurescan 2: Collective Voices – Sheffield Hallam University, Association of Fashion and Textile Courses (FTC), January 10th – 11th 2013

I was part of the steering committee and review panel for this conference.

The conference provided a forum for established and emerging fashion, textile and related researchers to come together to communicate and discuss current research.

             Papers were positioned towards the following conference themes:

  • Breaking Barriers: cross-disciplinary and collaborative teaching, learning and research.
  • Emerging and enabling technologies: within education, the design process, networking, commercial application and beyond.
  • Past, Present and Future: historical, archival, socio political and technologically influenced.
  • Design Responsibility: sustainability, environment and ecology.

2012 – Subcultures Symposium – University of Huddersfield (with Ian Massey)

This symposium consisted of four presentations that investigated how subcultural groups who express themselves through the language of dress, present themselves visually and the ways this influences fashion.

2011 – Raiding the Past Designing for the Future – University of Huddersfield (with Ian Massey)

Specific outcomes of the symposium: The overriding philosophy for mounting the Symposium was to promote the value and importance of research to undergraduate students in fashion. The 1970’s, has great currency for students, for whom retrospective research is often relevant to their studies. The decade was an exciting combination of glam, camp, retro, kitsch and overall hedonism in visual and popular culture.  By focusing upon this decade it helped to emphasize how the design industry revives art and design styles from significant periods of history.

External Appointments

EDITOR

Guest Editor (with Dr. Jess Power), The International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, Special Edition: ‘The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting’ 2016

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,

Associate Editor, Journal of the International Colour Association – 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 – 2011

Associate Editor, The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society – 2011

Referee – International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes Annual Global Conference – 2013

Associate Editor, The Design Collection Journal – 2016

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

PhD Supervisor

Completion – 2016     Stephen Wigley: The function of the brand in fashion: corporate and creative perspectives”

2015 – current          Mila Burcikova: Can an emotional attachment to clothes be designed?”

2014 – withdrawn      Sharon Bainbridge: “Made in Yorkshire”

PhD Thesis

In this thesis, I discuss several publications that explored relationships between suffering, the production of garments and their appropriation as fashionable items. The aim of the research was to investigate the role of suffering in initiating change within the creation and consumption of fashionable clothes. Suffering through pain, anguish or distress is an extreme affliction. Pushing something to its limits of endurance, making it suffer, can undermine order and to survive, it needs to be reassembled in a different way. This concept is somewhat akin to Charles Darwin’s ideas about evolution (1859). A quote attributed to him declared: “It’s not the strongest of the species that survive nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change” (Megginson, 1963, p.4). His work coined the phrase “Survival of the fittest” (Peel, 1992, p.143), introducing the idea that survival is a struggle against environmental change in nature and a species evolves through a process of mutation and retention known as natural selection. In the commercial struggle for survival many fashionable styles are discarded while some remain durable due to their adaptability to new trends and ideas. These could be described as the ‘fittest’ styles surviving through their re-assemblance each season, sustaining the marketable cycle.

Suffering in the ways clothes are worn and produced was examined through a number of approaches. Object based research investigated the design and manufacture of fashionable garments. Action based research and semi-structured interviews in a design environment considered the fashion designer’s responses to suffering and the changes it can initiate in production and consumption. The research findings indicate that suffering within the fashion industry can be a positive attribute that may be regarded as a part of life, a prerequisite for hope, a force for change and a source of creativity. It can influence the way clothes are produced and the skills necessary to produce them. A model depicting the connection between suffering and fashion is posited as a tentative theory suggesting there is a spiral relationship: changes in fashion production and consumption resulting from suffering evolve into a spiral of further suffering impacting on future fashion design and production.

Professional Practice

Conference Presentations

Almond, K (2016) ‘Retrospective Research’ The Radical Decade Symposium, 9th December, Leeds College of Art

Almond, K (2016) ‘The Second International Symposium for Creative Pattern CuttingUniversity of Huddersfield, 24thth – 25th February 2016. Conference Chair and Organiser.

Almond, K and Power, J (2016) ‘The Progress of Creative Pattern CuttingThe Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting, 24th – 25th February 2016, University of Huddersfield

Almond, K (2015) ‘The Progress of Creative Pattern CuttingIn: Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities, 11th – 12th November 2015, Glasgow School of Art

Amond, K, Swindells, S and Powell, A (2015)Preparation and Process: Power, Self and the Ritual of Dress[ing]The Joanne B. Eicher Symposium II: Fashion, Sex, & Power, 11-12 September 2015, McNeal Hall, St. Paul MN

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

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

Almond, K (2014) ‘Fashion in Jeopardy’ ‘Fashion and Conflict: Not Living in Khaki’ Costume Society, London College of Fashion Study Day

Almond, K (2013) ‘Raiding the Past Designing for the Future’, Futurescan 11 Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, 10th – 11th January

Almond, K (2012) ‘Fashionably Voluptuous: Repackaging the Fuller Sized Figure’, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, 20th – 22nd April. (paper accepted)

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

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

Almond, K (2012) ‘Fashionably Voluptuous: Repackaging the Fuller Sized Figure’ University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, 20th – 22nd April. (paper accepted)

Almond, K (2013) ‘The First International Symposium for Creative Pattern CuttingUniversity of Huddersfield, 6th – 7th February 2013. Conference Chair and Organiser.

Almond, K (2012) ‘Masquerade in Clubland: A Safe Space for GlamourMusic, 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 (2011) ‘Diversity in Clubland: A Safe Space for Glamour’ Virtual Presentation: The

International Conference of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, University of

The Western Cape, Cape Town South Africa, 20-22 June.

Almond, K (2011) Bespoke Tailoring: Textiles Research in Process, School of the Arts Loughborough University, UK, 16th – 17th November 2011

Almond, K (2011) ‘Bespoke Tailoring: The Luxury and Heritage we can Afford’ Virtual

Presentation: The International Conference of Technology, Knowledge and Society, University

of Basque, County Spain, Spain, 25 – 27 March.

Almond, K (2011) ‘Bespoke Tailoring: the Luxury and Heritage we can Afford’

Fashion Colloquia, London College of Fashion 21st -22nd September.

Almond, K (2013) ‘The First International Symposium for Creative Pattern Cutting’ University of Huddersfield, 6th – 7th February 2013. Conference Chair and Organiser.

Almond, K (2009) ‘Inspiring Creative and Innovative Pattern Cutting’ Fashion/Textile Association – Futurescan, Mapping the Future Conference emerging research presentations, Liverpool University, 26th – 27th November.

Almond, K (July 2009) ‘Tragic Descent of Serious Reaction to Misplaced Sentiment’ 4th International Conference of the Arts in Society, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice July 2009.

Almond, K. (2009) ‘You Have to Suffer for Fashion’ April 2009, IFFTI Conference, London College of Fashion – Fashion and Well Being –  paper– Awarded research prize for best paper Junior Faculty $2000.

Almond, K. (2009) ‘It Looks Very Home Dress-Makey’, Fashion/Textile Association – Futurescan, Mapping the Future, 26th – 27th November.

Almond, K and Spink, I (2004) ‘Best Practice in Fashion Education’ IFFTI Conference, Delhi, India – joint paper with Irene Spink

Almond, K and Spink, I (1999) ‘Hand Crafted Tailoring versus Mass Marketing’ Manchester Metropolitan University, Dept,Clothing Technology. Research Alliance of Fashion and Textiles Annual Conference

Almond, K (1998) New Couture for Old?’ Northern Society of Costume and Textiles, Annual Conference, Batley.

Almond, K (1997) ‘New Couture for Old’ Courtauld Institute, History of Dress Dept, Choda Conference, ‘Fashioning Identities’ National Gallery, London

Almond, K (1997) ‘The impact of off-shore manufacturing and sourcing upon the UK Textile/Fashion industry’ University of Huddersfield, helped organise

Almond, K (1992) Objective Style’ Northern Society of Architects Preston

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