Helen Walter, PhD
Helen Walter has a BA (Hons) in Classics from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a PhD in History of Design from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum. Helen’s academic specialism is in dress and textile history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and her thesis focused on portraits of actor-managers and notions of dress, identity and performance in the late nineteenth century. Her research has been presented at conferences both in the UK and abroad, and has been published in a number of peer review journals. In addition to her work for FiE, Helen also teaches art and design history at undergraduate level on the Fashion Journalism course at University for the Creative Arts, Epsom, and the 3D Design department at Plymouth University. She is particularly interested in encouraging students to bring their own interests into the classroom, and works on supporting individual research ideas and projects. These have varied from essays on primitive art history to explorations of body modification and gender in contemporary culture.