Elaine Evans

Elaine Evans


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 and Deputy Programme Leader for the BA Fashion Design programme. Her teaching specialism is garment technology, construction and pattern cutting.

Elaine is a member and secretary of the Yorkshire Fashion Archive Executive Committee, and oversees the management and care of the Yorkshire Fashion Archive. The Yorkshire Fashion Archive 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, and the collection informs teaching at all levels in Fashion Design.  Elaine has also supervised a number of volunteers and interns in the YFA to enable hands-on practice in an archive.  

Elaine has co-curated the last two exhibitions from the Yorkshire Fashion Archive: Snapshot: A Story of Family, Fashion and Friends, exhibited at The Civic, Barnsley, and The Synthetics Revolution, exhibited at ULITA.  The Synthetics Revolution was part of a collaborative project with ULITA, the School of History and the Enterprise of Culture EU funded research project. 
Elaine is currently enrolled as a part-time PhD student, researching the interactions between social and cultural history and everday dress in Yorkshire in the mid-twentieth century, and women’s relationship with their clothing.


  • Deputy Programme Leader in Fashion Design
  • Secretary to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive Executive Committee
  • Access to Leeds tutor for Fashion Design

Research interests

Elaine's research interests include: dress history and its relationship to social and cultural history, sustainable design and production in fashion, garment construction and pattern cutting, clothing design for therapeutic uses.
Elaine's current (PhD) research concerns Yorkshire women’s relationship with and emotional connection to their clothing, and changing consumer habits during and after WW2. 
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  • BA (Hons) French and Textiles
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Student education

Elaine Is involved in teaching at all levels of the undergraduate Fashion Design programme and also contributes to teaching and supervision on the MA Fashion Enterprise and Society and MSc Textiles programmes.

Elaine previously co-supervised a PhD project based on nonwovens in apparel.