Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Fashion Communication & Fashion Cultures
Originally from the States, Elizabeth worked in printing and publishing in NYC before settling in Manchester, though sadly arriving within weeks of the Hacienda club shutting its doors! She trained as a graphic designer for print and screen and continue a studio-based graphics practice. Elizabeth lectures across fashion studies subjects including critical theory, brand development, marketing principals, and graphic communication practice for fashion. Elizabeth is Associate Editor of the journal Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, an imprint of Intellect Books.
Elizabeth's research is multidisciplinary in nature. She seeks connections between cultural memory, autoethnography, human geography, dress, identity, disability, belonging and wellness. Her interest in how society has had to change and adapt through the wearing of covid face masks during the pandemic, and the resultant mental health crisis and mask refuser activities, she co-organised and co-led the January 2021 international symposium Face Off: The Provocation and Possibilities of Masks and Head Coverings, hosted by the Manchester Fashion Institute.Elizabeth's paper for the conference, ‘Who is the Sick One Here: Mask Refusal and Ambivalent Social Identity in COVID America’, explored the links between American cultural memory of ‘The Frontier’ and the cultural trope of ‘Pioneer Spirit’ in the visceral rejection of the covid mask as a symbol of fragility and sickness.
Elizabeth is also interested in the ways in which collaborative learning enhances students' creativity, self-confidence, and sense of self. Her practice-based doctorate, The Artist’s Book: Making as embodied knowledge of practice and the self, considered the role of creativity and the pedagogy of making in the development of identity via working through personal and cultural memory with visual practice. Elizabeth is a visiting lectuerer at Pearl Academy India, developing The Global Artisan Project, a collaborative, co-creative projects which connect undergraduate fashion students with Indian Artisans. She and her Pearl Academy colleagues presented a paper introducing this project at the Future of International Fashion and Design Education hosted by Istituto Marangoni in 2022.
Elizabeth has co-edited the Bloomsbury Press book entitlted Memories of Dress: Recollections of Material Identities with her colleagues Dr Alison Slater (Art and Performace) and Dr Susan Atkin (MFI), due for publication in early 2023. Her solo chapter written for the book, entitled 'The American Look: Memories of Not Fitting In', introduces the term ‘body dressing work’ to articulate the Elizabeth's experience negotiating the social norms and expectations of clothing the suburban American female body with the anxiety of living with a spinal deformity. Her chapter demonstrates that the cultural myths of America, which have developed through official and popular channels, are embedded into expectations of the body politic and the dressed body corpus: what we ought to fit into. Elizabeth's research into body dressing work has been highlighted in The Guardian newspaper in 2022.
Elizabeth has delivered two conference papers on the significance of the rise of women's sportswear design in the early part of the twentieth century in America, one in 2018 at the First Annual Conference of Clothing and Costume Design, the other in 2022 at the Annual Conference of the Association of Design Historians.
Elizabeth is also a graphic designer and artist bookmaker. Her handbound artist's books have been exhibited in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and the United States. She has been recognised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for her leadership in teaching and learning by awarding her Senior Fellow status (SFHEA).
Academic and professional qualifications
- PhD: The Artist's Book: Making as emodied knowlege of creativity and the self (2017), University of Chester (pass with no corrections)
- MA Visual Culture (2008), MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University (Distinction)
- Postgraduate Certificate of Eduation (2004) Higher, Further & Adult Education
- BA (Hons) Graphic Design (2003) Manchester Metropolitan University (First Class Honours)
Awards & Recognitions
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Art (FRSA, 2023)
- Associate Professional status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (APCIM, 2018)
- Higher Education Academy: Senior Fellow (SFHEA, 2015)
2018-2019 Senior Lecturer, Academic Professional Development, University Teaching Academy, MMU
2017-2018 Staffordshire University, Head of Department of Art & Design
2013-2016: Senior Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Media, University of Chester
2009-2017 University of Chester, Programme Leader of Fashion Marketing and Communication, Senior Lecturer Graphic Design, MA Design, MA Fine Art and Senior University Teaching Fellow
Elizabeth lectures in research enquiry and research methods across all of Manchester Fashion Institute's masters courses:
- MSc Fashion Buying and Merchandising Management
- MSc International Fashion Business Management
- MSc International Fashion Marketing
- MSc Luxury Fashion Management
At previous institutions she lectured in research enquiry, research methods, and visual communication portfolio development across these courses:
- MA Design
- MA Fine Art
- MA Education
Postgraduate research supervision
Elizabeth supports research-led students in their postgraduate enquiry, particularly the interdisciplinary spaces and intersectionality of practice-as-research and practice-led study.
- A Phygital Self: Hybridity and Queerness in Digital Fashion Practice, Sophia Stamatopoulou, MRes, 2023
External examiner roles
- MA Creative Direction in Fashion and Beauty, Solent University (from 2020)
- BA(Hons) Fashion Branding with Communicaiton, Leeds Arts University (from 2023)
Please visit Elizabeth's portfolio website for further information on the exhbitions below.
December 2016 – Foyer Gallery, University of Chester, Chester, UK
June-July 2010 -- People’s History Museum, Manchester UK
- Chorlton-on-Medlock: remembering a destroyed Manchester community
July 2016 – Galway, Ireland
- Clarke, S. and Kealy-Morris, E. (2016). a strange field. Handbound artist book. Impressions Art Book Exhibition, Galway International Arts Festival. 11-24 July.
July 2016 – Euskirchen, Germany
- Dilworth, A. and Kealy-Morris, E. (2016). Sailm. Handbound artist book. Förderkreis Contemporary Art Gallery, Euskirchen, Germany. 8 July – 21 August.
- October 2012: University of Chester Department of Art & Design Exhibition, Contemporary Art Space Chester Gallery, Chester, UK
- June 2010: University of Chester Department of Art & Design Exhibition, CUBE, Manchester, UK
- October 2008: MA Graduate Show, Holden Gallery, MMU, Manchester UK
- June-July 2008: Testing Time, MIRIAD, Chatham Gym, MMU, Manchester, UK
- June-July 2006: Testing Time, MIRIAD, Holden Gallery, MMU, Manchester UK
- July–October 2006: 0161 Manchester, Urbis, Manchester, UK
Membership of professional associations
Fellow of the Royal Society of Art (FRSA)
Affiliate Professional membership with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (APCIM)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Please visit my portfo website for access to all still and moving image of my creative practice:
- Practice as research / research as practice (the handbound artist book)
- visual communication
- visual methodologies and methods
- performative autoethnography
- visual ethnography
- visual culture
- cultural memory
- cultural memory and dress
- 'The American Look' -- the historic and contemporary expression of "Americanness" through dress
- Dress and belonging
- Dress and exclsuion
- Dress and health
2023-24: MeCCSA International Annual Conference: Member of the 2024 organising committee
2021: Face Off: The provocation and possibilities of the face mask and head scarf -- Co-organiser of this international conference hosted by Manchester Fashion Institute.
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
Elizabeth is an expert reviewer for the following peer-reviewed academic journals, and I am also Associate Editor of Fashion, Style and Popular Culture.
- Fashion, Style and Popular Culture (Intellect Books)
- International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education (Taylor & Francis)
- Journal of Dress History (The Association of Dress Historians)
Kealy-Morris, E., 2016. The Artist’s Book: Making as embodied knowledge of practice & the self, Foyer Gallery, University of Chester, 8/12/2016 - 16/12/2016.
Kealy-Morris, E., Clarke, S., 2016. Impressions Art Book Exhibition, Galway International Arts Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, 11/7/2016 - 24/7/2016.
Kealy-Morris, E., Dilworth, A., 2016. Gorderkreis Contemporary Art Gallery, Gorderkreis Contemporary Art Gallery, Euskirchen, Germany, 8/7/2016 - 21/8/2016.
Kealy-Morris, E., Clarke, S., Bodman, S., 2017. 'Artist’s Book Yearbook 2018-19', University of the West of England.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2016. 'A Walk of Twenty Steps', http://www.ekealymorris.com/a-walk-of-twenty-steps.html.
Kealy-Morris, E., Dilworth, A., 2016. 'Sailm', Förderkreis Contemporary Art Gallery, Euskirchen, Germany.
Kealy-Morris, E., Clarke, S., 2016. 'a strange field', United Kingdom.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2012. 'Leaving (a work in progress)', Contemporary Art Space Chester Gallery, Chester, UK.
Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. 'Memories of Dress: Recollections of Material Identities', Bloomsbury, London.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. 'Not Fitting In: Preppy style and exclusion in American suburbia', Lived Places Publishing, New York, USA.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. 'The Allure of the Luxury Fashion Brand Publication: consuming the fashion product as media'. In Armstrong, K., Barnes, E. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Fashion Marketing, Palgrave (Springer Nature), Cham.
Slater, A., 2023. 'Remembering Respectability'. In Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E. (eds.) Memories of Dress, pp. 39-58, Bloomsbury Visual Arts.
Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. 'Introduction'. In Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E. (eds.) Memories of Dress, pp. 1-20, Bloomsbury Visual Arts.
Atkin, S., 2023. 'Nostalgia, Myth, and Memories of Dress'. In Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E. (eds.) Memories of Dress, pp. 76-96, Bloomsbury Visual Arts.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. 'The Meaning of the Mask: Mask refusal and ambivalent social identity in Covid America'. In Stephen, W. (eds.) Fashion Forward: Evolution, Resilience & Responsibility in the Fashion Sector., Intellect Books, Bristol, UK.
Jenkinson, J., 2023. 'Wardrobes and Soundtracks'. In Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E. (eds.) Memories of Dress, pp. 99-116, Bloomsbury Visual Arts.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. '“The American Look”'. In Atkin, S., Slater, A., Kealy-Morris, E. (eds.) Memories of Dress, pp. 157-174, Bloomsbury Visual Arts.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. '‘The American Look’: The transformation of women’s sportswear in 1930s and 1940s America', Fashion, Style & Popular Culture.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2015. 'The bookbinding workshop: Making as collaborative pedagogic practice', Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 14 (2), pp. 119-129.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2013. 'The artist book: Making as visual method', Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 6 (2), pp. 247-275.
Brown, EL., Cili, S., Cornell, N., Dewey, C., Gooding, J., Kealy-Morris, E., McBee-Black, K., Poage, J., 2023. 'In Conversation: Fashioning Inclusivity: integrating style, fit and adaptability', ADH International Conference 2023: Ad-Dressing the Margins: Historically underrepresented fashion and style, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 27/10/2023 - 28/10/2023, in Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, 11 (1), pp. 9-10.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2022. '‘The American Look’: the transformation of women’s sportswear in 1930s and 1940s America', Association of Dress Historians Conference 2022: Fashioning the Body for Sport and Leisure: A History of Dress and Textiles, Online and London: Courtauld Institute, 30/9/2022 - 1/10/2022.
Perry, P., Neary, R., Scott, K., Kealy-Morris, E., 2022. ''International Collaborative Project Framework for COIL in Fashion Education’', The Future of International Fashion Design Education, Online, 29/9/2022 - 29/9/2022.
Gupta, S., Kealy-Morris, E., Srivastava, I., 2022. 'The Global Artisan Project: A collaborative, co-creation project connecting fashion undergraduates and Indian artisans', The Future of International Fashion Design Education, Virtual, 29/9/2022 - 29/9/2022, in The Future of International Fashion and Design Symposium Proceedings.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2021. 'Who is the Sick One Here?: Mask refusal and ambivalent social identity in America', Face Off: The provocation and possibilities of the mask and head coverings, Virtual, 13/1/2021 - 14/1/2021, in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv459AmP54Y&list=PLH3AdxkKlfaZEHhob2ncPUsDt97jiY557&index=8.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2018. 'Social media: making your presence count', The Fashion Network Conference, Manchester, 30/5/2018 - 30/5/2018.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2017. 'The Shift Dress as Cultural Meaning', Culture Costume and Dress International Conference, Birmingham City University, 10/5/2017 - 12/5/2017, in https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=RyRLDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA124&dq=Culture,+Costume+and+Dress&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiLkOe9-pnZAhUqLsAKHTgZAUkQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q&f=false, 1 (1), pp. 122-131.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2016. 'A Walk of Twenty Steps: The return of the girl with the crooked spine from an upstanding town', College Book Arts Association National Conference, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 6/1/2016 - 9/1/2016.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2015. 'The Persistence of Memory', The International Journal of Art & Design Annual Conference, Glasgow School of Art, 6/11/2015 - 7/11/2015.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2015. 'The Bookbinding Workshop: Making as collaborative pedagogic practice', Group for Learning in Art & Design Annual Conference, Sheffield-Hallam University, 26/2/2015 - 27/2/2015.
Theses and Dissertations
Kealy-Morris, E., 2017. 'The Artist's Book: Making as embodied knowledge of practice and the self'.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2025. 'Special Issue: 'Dressing through Pandemics''.
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