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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 -
Vernacular design and issues of sustainability
Artisanal production and life stories
The still fashion image and digitalisation

Her doctoral 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 Three Dimensional 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


Journal article

Stevenson V, Wright L. 2019. The Study Collection in a Time of Austerity and Digitalisation TEXT,

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


Clampin D, Moody N, Wright L, Gladden G, Wong N, Reid W, Popp A, Wailey T, Morris M. 2019. Cunard: A Social and Cultural History Roberts EE, Wong N. . Liverpool, UK

Wright L. 2019. 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

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,


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

Engagement & Impact


Nominated for outstanding Doctoral Supervisor Award by student nominees, LJMU Doctoral Academy

Nominated for outstanding undergraduate teacher award, LJMU

Conference presentation:

Theories of the Vernacular as a Model for Product Lifespan, Product Lifespan and the Environment, Nottingham Trent University, England, Oral presentation

Virtual Visualities, An Exploration of the use of Pinterest in the Design Process, Visual Imageries, mansfield Collage, Oxford, England, Oral presentation

External collaboration:, LJMU, Walker Art Gallery & Lightnight

Other invited event:

Fashion Geographies, Manchester Geographical Society, Presentation

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

Talk Tuesday, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, 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:

October 2017 Peer Reviewer for Palgrave MacMillan Press. Field of expertise - The Clothed Body as Social Intervention

Team member for an Oral History project aiming to capture Alumni stories for Light Night, Liverpool 2017

School of Art and Design Representative on the University wide Academic Skills Committee

Member of an inter- disciplinary research interest group in Photography Theory at LJMU.

Member of a specialist cross Faculty research interest grouping in History at LJMU

Co - director of the Design Research Laboratory at Liverpool John Moores University. From 2014 - July 2017

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

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

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

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

LJMU Internal Examiner (Viva Voce) for M Phil transfer to PhD in Business Studies (Fashion Marketing topic)

Draft reviewer for Routledge Press. Occasional reviewer for book drafts on Fashion; Fashion Theory and Fashion History

Edition reviewer for Bloomsbury Press. Occasional reviewer for books on Fashion, Fashion History and Fashion Theory

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.