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 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. 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. 

The Yorkshire Fashion Archive 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, and collaborates with the Museum Studies programme in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures to provide an interpretive research project based on the YFA collection and themes.  
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. 


  • Secretary to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive Executive Committee
  • Access to Leeds tutor for Fashion Design

Research interests

Elaine's research interests include: garment construction and pattern cutting, use of nonwoven fabrics in apparel applications, clothing design for therapeutic uses and 19th - 21st Century fashion.
Elaine's current (PhD) research concerns the value relationship and emotional connection between women and their clothing with particular reference to changing consumer habits post 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 optional module 20th Century Fashion. 

Elaine has also previously co-supervised a PhD project based on nonwovens in apparel, and contributes to MA supervision and MSc teaching in the School of Design.