Contextual Studies lecturer Steven Woodford has lectured at the Hull School of Art And Design since 2006. He is an MA graduate from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where he studied Fine Art.
Steven currently teaches theory to all levels of the BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles cohort, as well as the MA Creative Practice students, and potentially all art and design disciplines at dissertation level.
He describes fashion as one of the most immediate forms of personal expression and identity, saying: “It is a daily questioning of ‘who am I?’, which we all answer through a careful negotiation of self-expression and group conformity – whether you consider yourself to partake in the fashion system or not.”
Such enquiry of fashion and textiles as social phenomena frames the teaching of Steven’s theory on the BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles degrees.
Steven’s current research interests include the analysis of menswear and masculinity throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
“Since the mid-1990s, menswear has undergone its most radical developments in a century,” he says. “Hegemonic masculinity has been continually challenged via wider socio-political shifts regarding gender and the status of masculinity. However, both menswear and masculinity remain under-researched and underwritten subjects within the field of fashion theory.”