Dr Yeseung Lee

Job: VC2020 Lecturer for Design Cultures

School/department: School of Design

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 257 6338

E: yeseung.lee@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Yeseung Lee joined the Design Cultures team in 2017 as Early Career Academic Fellow, after working as an associate research tutor for Fashion & Textiles (School of Material) at the Royal College of Art (2013-2016). She has widely practiced in the international fashion industry in both the high-end and mass-produced market (1998–2017). Her research draws on material culture, critical theory, and psychoanalysis as a way of interrogating contemporary fashion with a particular focus on its materiality and praxis. Lee is the author of Seamlessness: Making and (Un)knowing in Fashion Practice (2016) and has published papers on fashion, textiles, skin studies and luxury studies. The edited volume, Surface and Apparition: The Immateriality of Modern Surface (2020), investigates the contemporary fascination with im/material surfaces in everyday and artistic contexts, attending to how the surface can reveal the relationship between human making and technologies that enable it.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Art and Design

Publications and outputs 

Lee, Yeseung (ed.) (2020) Surface and Apparition: The Immateriality of Modern Surface. London; New York: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781350130449.

Lee, Yeseung (2019) 'Eyes in the skin I live in: The incorporation of surveillance in mediatized culture', Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture. DOI: 10.1080/1362704X.2019.1697509.

Lee, Yeseung (2019) 'The Textilesphere: The threshold of everyday contacts', TEXTILE: Cloth and Culture 18 (2): 160–179. DOI:10.1080/14759756.2019.1652429.

(2018) 'Textilesphere: To mark is to be marked', In: Textile and Place (Manchester Metropolitan University, 13 April)

(2018) Apparition: The (Im)materiality of Modern Surface (conference, De Montfort University, 9 March) [conference convened, organized, hosted]

(2017) ‘Rethinking luxury through the handmade’, In: Animate Objects: Encounters between People and Things (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 13 October)

Lee, Yeseung (2016) Seamlessness: Making and (Un)Knowing in Fashion Practice, Bristol; Chicago: Intellect. ISBN: 9781783206421.

(2016) ‘The Authentic Surface: Making Garments, Selves and Others’, In: In Pursuit of Luxury (CUNY & LIM College, New York, 6 May)

Lee, Yeseung (2016) ‘Seaming, Writing and Making Strange: Between material and text’, Studies in Material Thinking, 14.

Lee, Yeseung (2015) ‘The Ambiguity of Seamlessness: The Skin Ego and the materiality of fashion’, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, 6: 1, pp. 75–93. DOI: 10.1386/csfb.6.1.75_1.

Lee, Yeseung (2015) ‘Seaming Hands: The Meaning and Value of the Handmade in Contemporary Fashion’, Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption, 2: 1, pp. 61–80. DOI: 10.1080/20511817.2015.11428565.

(2014) ‘Seaming, Writing and Making Strange: Between material and text’, In: The Art of Research V: Experience, Materiality, Articulation (Aalto University, Helsinki, 27 November)

(2014) ‘The Poetics of Self-fashioning: Between nonsense and meaning’, In: Fashion in Fiction: Style Stories and Transglobal Narratives (City University of Hong Kong, 12 June)

(2014) ‘The Skin, the Garment Surface and the Production of Modern Magic’, In: Association of Art Historians 40th Anniversary Annual Conference (Royal College of Art. London, 11 April)

Research interests/expertise

Fashion Practice, Fashion Theory, Skin Studies, Luxury Studies


PhD Royal College of Art (2008–2013)

MA (Distinction) Central Saint Martins (2001–2003)

Courses taught

Design Cultures (Fashion, Textile)

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