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Dr Lee Wright


Dr Wright is a specialist in Design History and Theory and currently teaches the history and theory of fashion design & fashion communication, including fashion photography. Her field of expertise spans material and visual culture, in particular popular culture studies. She has supervised PhD students jointly with History, American Studies and Art & Design. Her publications focus on a range of subjects from snapshot photography in the inter war period to gender and clothing. She is well known for a seminal work on the Stiletto Heel. (Attfield and Kirkham, 1988) Currently her research includes two projects -
• vernacular design and issues of sustainability
• an oral history and lived experience project on issues of austerity.

Her doctorate thesis titled ' Reconfiguring the Everyday: A Transdisciplinary Perspective on Designed Objects in Everyday Use.' hypothesised on the intersections of discourse between the plethora of academic disciplines which focus on the designed object.


2014, University of Bolton, UK, PhD, Design History and Theory
1984, University of Middlesex, United Kingdom, Master of Arts, Design History
1979, North Staffordshire Polytechnic, United Kingdom, BAhons in ThreeDdimensional Design

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in the History and Theory of Design (Fashion Design and Fashion Communication), Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, The Liverpool School of Art and Design ., Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present
Senior Lecturer in Design Theory, Bolton School of the Arts, University of Bolton, 2004 - 2014
Senior Lecturer in Design History, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Ulster at Belfast, 1989 - 2004
Senior Lecturer in Design History, Winchester School of Art , University of Southampton, 1987 - 1989
Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design History and Theory (part time), School of Art and Design, University of the West of England, 1984 - 1987
Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design history and Theory (part time), Fashion Deign, Ravensbourne School of Design, 1984 - 1989



Horrocks C, Clampin D, White NJ, Moody N, Wright L, Gladden G, Wong N, Reid W, Popp A, Wailey T, Morris M, Stanley J. 2018. Cunard: A Social and Cultural History Roberts EE, Horrocks C. . Liverpool, UK

Ash J, Wright L. 1988. Components of Dress Design, Manufacturing, and Image-making in the Fashion Industry Routledge 9780415006477


Wright L. 2018. Expanding the fashion Experience; Fashion Narrative Practices and the Digital Landscape Kollnitz A, Pecorari M. Fashion Performance and Performativity I B Tauris

Wright L. 2018. Virtual Visuals: Exploring the use of Pinterest as a Tool for Designing in relation to Ideation Lane J. Visual Imageries, Visual Literacies Inter - Disciplnary Press

Wright L. 2015. The Vernacular as the Dialect of the Uncommon Cooper T, Braithwaite N, Moreno M, Salvia G. Product Lifetimes and the Environment Nottingham Trent University. Nottingham 978-0-9576009-9-7

Wright L. 2013. Constructing Narrative - A Women's Voice The Photograph and the Collection Museumsetc. Edinburgh

Wright L. 2011. Representations of Leisure: Snapshot Imagery and Memory Smith D. Recording Leisure Lives; Holidays and Tourism in 20th Century Britain. Leisure Studies Association. Eastbourne

Wright L. 2007. Objectifying Gender: The Stiletto Heel A Fashion Reader Routledge. London

Wright L. 2000. Textiles Spender D. Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women's Issues and Knowledge 4 Routledge. London

Wright L. 1996. The Suit: A Common Bond or Defeated Purpose. Kirkham P. The Gendered Object Manchester University Press. Manchester

Wright L. 1992. Outgrown Clothes for Grown-up People Wilson E. Chic Thrills: A Fashion Reader Pluto. London

Wright L. 1989. Objectifying Gender : The Stiletto Heel Kirkham P. A View from the Interior : Feminism, Women and Design Women's Press. London

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Wright L. 2017. Expanding the Fashion Experience, Fashion narrative and the Digital Landscape Conference proceedings, Art Historians Association International Conference

Wright L. 2016. Assessing the Value of Image- laden On line Sources for the Ideation Component of the Designing Process Interdisciplinary-Net, Visual Imageries, Visual Literacies

Wright L. 2015. The Vernacular as the Dialect of the Uncommon or An Interventionist Module for contemporary Design Thinking Cooper T, Braithwaite M, Moreno M, Salvia G. Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) Conference Proceedings, Product Lifetimes and the Enviroment :407-412

Wright L. 2010. Photo Narratives and Issues of Performativity University of Bolton Research Conference

Wright L. 1999. Cultural Debate and Artefactual Terrains. Place defining Objects Abstract, Researching Culture

Wright L. 1996. The Gender Landscape: The Iconography of the Suit Abstract, Design - Pleasure or Responsibility?

Wright L. 1995. Trophies of the Terrain; Cattlehorn Furniture of Texas 1870 -1930 Abstract,

Wright L. Vernacular as the Dialect of the Uncommon Product Lifespan and the Environment

Wright L. Making a Memory, the Snapshot and the image in interwar domestic family albums. Leisure Studies

Wright L. The European Union and the Fashion Industry Abstract, The European Union


Wright L. 2011. The Photographic Voice Voices Exhibition Catalogue,

Wright L. 2009. What are We Looking At? The Photograph, Clothing and Identity Leap Exhibition Catalogue,

Wright L. 2003. Mapping the Textile Landscape Fabrics and Fabrications Exhibition catalogue,

Journal Articles

Wright L. 1998. Ulster and America; A Visual Correspondance Writing Ulster,

Engagement & Impact


Award title: Nominated for outstanding Doctoral Supervisor Award by student nominees, Awarding body: LJMU Doctoral Academy

Award title: Nominated for outstanding undergraduate teacher award, Awarding body: LJMU

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Theories of the Vernacular as a Model for Product Lifespan, Conference title: Product Lifespan and the Environment, Place/location of conference: Nottingham Trent University, England, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Virtual Visualities, An Exploration of the use of Pinterest in the Design Process, Conference title: Visual Imageries, Place/location of conference: mansfield Collage, Oxford, England, Presentation type: Oral presentation

External collaboration:

URL:, Institution: LJMU, Collaborator: Walker Art Gallery & Lightnight

Other invited event:

Title of event: Shelf Lives, Location: Liverpool Central Library, Description: A public engagement talk and panel discussion focusing on war photography and Susan Sontag book 'Regarding the Pain of Others.'

Title of event: Talk Tuesday, Location: Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Description: Public engagement talk as part of the Walker art gallery series. Talk topic Fashion Geographies: how fashion shapes, and is shaped by, its geographic location.

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: October 2017 Peer Reviewer for Palgrave MacMillan Press. Field of expertise - The Clothed Body as Social Intervention

Describe the Professional Activities: Team member for an Oral History project aiming to capture Alumni stories for Light Night, Liverpool 2017

Describe the Professional Activities: School of Art and Design Representative on the University wide Academic Skills Committee

Describe the Professional Activities: Member of an inter- disciplinary research interest group in Photography Theory at LJMU.

Describe the Professional Activities: Member of a specialist cross Faculty research interest grouping in History at LJMU

Describe the Professional Activities: Co - director of the Design Research Laboratory at Liverpool John Moores University 2014 - July 2017

Describe the Professional Activities: Quality Assurance examiner. Leeds Beckett University for: MA Visual Arts, Bradford College BA hons Interior Design, Harrogate College June 2015

Describe the Professional Activities: External Examiner for final year undergraduate dissertations in Graphic Design and Illustration. University of the west of England, Bristol, Avon. 1990 -1993

Describe the Professional Activities: External examiner for undergraduate final year dissertations in History and Theory of Art and Design, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland. 1991 -1994

Describe the Professional Activities: External examiner for undergraduate dissertation in the History and Theory of Art and Design. Dun Laoghaire school of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. 1994 -1997

Describe the Professional Activities: LJMU Internal Examiner (Viva Voce) for M Phil transfer to PhD in Business Studies (Fashion Marketing topic)

Describe the Professional Activities: Draft reviewer for Routledge Press. Occasional reviewer for book drafts on Fashion; Fashion Theory and Fashion History

Describe the Professional Activities: Edition reviewer for Bloomsbury Press. Occasional reviewer for books on Fashion, Fashion History and Fashion Theory

Describe the Professional Activities: External Examiner for Newcastle College accredited by Teeside University. Commenced 2017 for three years. Examiner for BA honours Creative Enterprise including the pathways for Digital media; Fashion and Textiles and Applied Arts.