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Dr Elizabeth Kramer

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

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Before joining Northumbria University in 2009 as Senior Lecturer in Design History, Elizabeth Kramer held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in Historical Studies at Newcastle University (2007-9), during which time she conducted research on the material culture of manias.  This expanded upon her research on the Japan mania in Victorian Britain (1875-1900) conducted during a previous postdoctoral fellowship in Material Culture-Textiles for the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies (2005-7).  Her interest in what we can learn about the participants in, and critics of, manias as informed by the material culture associated with them as well as her interest in Anglo-Japanese artistic exchange stemming from the topic of her PhD, "Art, Industry and Design: Japanese and Anglo-Japanese Textile Culture in Victorian Britain, 1862-1900", completed at The University of Manchester in 2004.

Dr Kramer is a longstanding member of the Design History Society.  She is a member of the Editorial Board for Visual Culture in Britain published by Routledge.  She is also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. 

At Northumbria Univesity, Dr Kramer is also a member of the Northumbria UniversityVisual and Material Culture research group.


Design Studies PhD June 30 2004

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Kimono Rental, Tourism and Sartorial Expression, Kramer, E. Feb 2020, Kimono: From Kyoto to Catwalk, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Picturing Kimono in Britain, Europe and America, Kramer, E. Feb 2020, Kimono: From Kyoto to Catwalk, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Statement Piece: The Kimono Jacket Trend, Kramer, E. Feb 2020, Kimono: From Kyoto to Catwalk, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • The Kimono Craze: From Exoticism to Fashionability, Kramer, E., Savas, A. Feb 2020, Kimono: From Kyoto to Catwalk, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • It’s all in the fold: an historical, transnational and material investigation to understand the 2010’s kimono jacket trend, Kramer, E. 11 Dec 2019, In: Fashion Theory - Journal of Dress Body and Culture
  • New Vintage – New History? The Sukajan (Souvenir Jacket) and Its Fashionable Reproduction, Kramer, E. 18 Sep 2019, In: International Journal of Fashion Studies
  • Fashion and East Asia, Cheang, S., Kramer, E. 1 Oct 2017, In: International Journal of Fashion Studies
  • “Charles Robert Ashbee”, “Aubrey Beardsley”, “Lewis Foreman Day”, “Christopher Dresser”, “Ernest Gimson”, “Ambrose Heal”, “Margaret Macdonald”, “Charles Rennie Mackintosh”, “Augustus Pugin” and “Charles Voysey”, Kramer, E. 5 Nov 2015, The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, London, Bloomsbury
  • Japonisme and British Women’s Art Embroidery for the Victorian Interior, 1870-1900, Kramer, E. Jan 2014, International Symposium: Japonisme in Design - Its Formation of the Idea and Execution in the Occident, Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art

PGR Supervision

  • Catherine Glover Start: 01/03/2018
  • Massimiliano Papini Start: 01/10/2016


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