Ms Caroline Alexander


I first joined Kingston School of Art, in 2005, as a Visiting Lecturer teaching Critical & Historical Studies (formerly Design History and now known as 'CHS' for short) to BA Fashion students across all levels, where I stayed until 2008. After a period of working in Further Education and Higher Education Institutions across London, I returned to KSA in 2015, to resume teaching CHS  as well take on the post as Lecturer, teaching Fashion Design on the BA Fashion course. In 2016, I progressed to Senior Lecturer, undertaking my current role as Level 4 Year Leader. 

I am also responsible for managing and cataloguing an in house archive, including the Benenden School Costume Collection, which consists of men's and women's wear spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and is situated in the Department of Fashion. This is primarily a teaching resource, which is available to students and staff across the Faculty and University for research purposes. The archive also underpins my own research activities and interests in 19th and 20th century fashion design, as well as the social history of fashion consumption and production.

In addition, since 2018 I have been a contributor of scholarly articles on Fashion History, for the Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive (edited by Valerie Steele, Curator and Director of FIT Museum). I have also recently had a book review published in The Journal of Dress History. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer - Fashion


  • PGCE Post-Compulsory Education
  • MA Film and Visual Culture - Middlesex University
  • BA (Hons) Womenswear Design - Ravensbourne College of Art & Design
  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design - Wimbledon School of Art

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught


Published articles on fashion history for the Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive or through iCat, via the Kingston University LRC webpages. 


'British Designers in Paris during the 1990s: Les terrible infants de la Grande-Bretagne' 

'Decade on the Runway: 1990s' 


'Decade on the Runway: 1980s' 


'Street Style and the Bourgeois' 

Awaiting Publication

'Maison Lesage: Embroidery on the Runway' 

Areas of specialism

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Fashion History and Fashion Designers
  • Twentieth Century Youth Culture
  • Fashion Archives and Research Methodologies