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Title: Associate Professor
Department: Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management

Office: 1058 LeBaron, Ames, IA 50011-2100
Phone number: +1 (515) 2949919
Email: klrb@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • Critical and conceptual design (online portfolio)
  • Intersections of dress, identity, culture and fashion
  • Queer/gender/sexuality studies
  • Discrimination/oppression and appearance; anti-racist action
  • History of queer fashion(s)
  • Social justice fashion education

 

 

Fashion and Justice Research Lab 

The Fashion and Justice Research Lab was started in 2017. The purpose is to conduct research on the intersections of appearance, fashion, clothing, style, and identity with a focus on marginalized communities. 

 


Gallery Exhibits Curated

(**undergraduate student, *graduate student)

*Matthews, Dyese, & Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2020). Collegiate fashion & activism: Black women’s style on the college campus. Mary Alice Gallery, Morrill Hall, Iowa State University, February 3-April 17, 2020.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., *Goodin, Dana, & Sanders, Eulanda. (2018). Queer fashion & style: Stories from the heartland. Mary Alice Gallery, Morrill Hall, Iowa State University, February 1-April 14, 2018. 

 


Digital Projects

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. & Goodin, Dana. (2020). 21st century queer fashion brands: Oral history project. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Digital Press. https://iastate.pressbooks.pub/queerfashionbrands/ 

 


Peer-Revewied Published Works (selected)

Matthews, Dyese, & Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (online first). Negotiations of Women’s Black and activist identity through dress on the college campus from 2013 to 2019. Clothing & Textiles Research Journal.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & *Goodin, Dana. (2020). Queer fashion and Style: Stories from the Heartland – Authentic Midwestern queer voices through a museum exhibition. Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America. https://doi.org/10.1080/03612112.2019.1686875

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. & Olson, Eric. (2020). Trans traveling and embodied practices: Panopticism, agency, dress, and gendered surveillance. Annals of Tourism Research, 85 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2020.103028

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., Green, Denise N., & *Doty, Kelsie. (2020). Fashioned bodies in roller derby league logos: An intersectional analysis of race, gender, body size, and aesthetics. Clothing & Textiles Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/0887302X20930086

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & Jones Baker, Katie. (2020). Is this what a lesbian looks like? Lesbian fashion and the fashionable lesbian in the United States press, 1960s to 2010s. Journal of Lesbian Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/10894160.2019.1685816

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & Olson, Eric. (2020). Packers, Diolaters, and the Options for Either Male or Female: Navigating Movement of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Bodies, Appearances and Luggage Through Airport Security. Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture, 7(2-3), 223-246. https://doi.org/10.1386/fspc_00016_1

Harmon, Jennifer, & Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2020). Fashion social marketing: Analysis of reaction to Lane Bryant’s #PlusIsEqual. Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture, 7(2-3), 333-550. https://doi.org/10.1386/fspc_00022_1

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & *Choi, Eunji. (2020). “Male hair cannot extend below plane of the shoulder” and “no cross dressing:” Critical queer analysis of high school dress codes in the United States. Journal of Homosexuality, 67(9), 1290-1340. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2019.1585730

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & *Goodin, Dana. (2018). Queercrip fashion in the 21st century: Sky Cubacub and the queercrip dress reform. Clothing Cultures, 5(3), 333-357. https://doi.org/10.1386/cc.5.3.333_1

Olson, Eric, & Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2019). “Pre-topsurgery, the body scanning machine would most likely error:” Transgender and gender nonconforming travel and tourism experiences. Tourism Management, 70, 250-261.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., Choi, Eunji, & Park, Hangael. (2018). Race, colorism, body size, body position, and sexiness: Critically analyzing women in fashion illustration textbooks. Clothing & Textile Research Journal. 36(4), 281-295

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. Choi, Eunji, & Park, Hangael. (2018). Men in fashion illustration textbooks: A critical analysis of race and the body. Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, 5(1&2), 103-123.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2018). ‘I cut it [her hair] real short right after I got the job:’ Queer coding during the interview for LGBTQ+ women. Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, 5(2), 221-234.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2018). LGBTQ women, appearance negotiations, and workplace dress codes. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(1), 615-639.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. & Pedersen, Elaine L. (2015) Queer women’s experiences purchasing clothing and looking for clothing styles. Clothing & Textile Research Journal. 33(4), 265-279.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. & Pedersen, Elaine L. (2014) The relationship of gender expression, sexual identity, distress, appearance, and clothing choices for queer women. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology, and Education, 8(1), 54-65.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. & Howell, Alexandra. (2014). Negotiations in masculine identities in the Utilikilts brand community. Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, 1(3), 223-240.

 


Juried Designs (selected)

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2019). When you can a Black man hostile. Juried fashion design in the Costume Society of America National Symposium design exhibition, Seattle, WA.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2018). White privilege is being able to carry a TV down the street at night, White privilege is not being afraid to call the police. Juried fashion design in the International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference design exhibition, Cleveland, OH. 

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2015). You’re too pretty to be gay. Activism on the body through representations and negotiations of queer femme invisibility. Juried fashion design in the International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference design exhibition, Santa Fe, NM. 

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2015). The closet. Juried fashion design in the International Fiber Recycling Symposium design exhibition, San Francisco, CA.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2014). An exploration of craft and racism: hand tie-dyed materials and 3D printed embellishments with inspiration from the inequitable human condition. Juried fashion design in the International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference design exhibition, Charlotte, NC. 

 


Peer-Reviewed Research Presentations (selected)

Matthews, Dyese & Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2021). Collegiate fashion and activism: Black women’s styles on the college campus - A mounted and digital museum exhibition. Proceedings of the 47th Annual Meeting and National Symposium of the Costume Society of America, April, digital due to COVID.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., Streck, Kyra, & Goodin, Dana. (2021). Twenty-first century queer fashion brands: An oral history project. Proceedings of the 47th Annual Meeting and National Symposium of the Costume Society of America, April, digital due to COVID.

Matthews, Dyese, & Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2020). Black women students, activism, empowerment, and everyday fashions in predominantly white spaces during the Black Lives Matter movement era, 2013-2019. Paper presented at the American Everyday: Resistance, Revolution & Transformation Conference, February 15, 2020, Chicago, IL.

Matthews, Dyese, & Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2019). Celebrities, signs, and symbols: Engaging in Black Lives Matter activism through body and dress practices. Proceedings of the 75th International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, October, 26-29, Las Vegas, NV.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., Goodin, Dana, & Sanders, Eulanda. (2019). Queer Fashion and Style: Stories from the Heartland – A museum exhibition. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting and National Symposium of the Costume Society of America, April 15-20, Seattle, WA.

Choi, Eunji, & Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2018). Korean fashion media, beauty ideals, and colorism: Examining the prominence of whiteness between 2013 and 2017 in Céci magazine. Proceedings of the 74th International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, November 6-9, Cleveland, OH.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & Mamp, Michael. (2018). Queering the classroom: Intersections of fashion and the LGBTQ+ community. Proceedings of the 74th International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, November 6-9, Cleveland, OH.

Vishakha Chauhan, Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & Sagar, Mahim. (2018). Apparel consumption and experiences of gay men and transgender women in India. Proceedings of the 74th International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, November 6-9, Cleveland, OH.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & Goodin, Dana. (2018). Queer histories of style in the Midwest from the 1970s to the present: Entangled epistemologies of images, memories, and artifacts. Proceedings of the 74th International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, November 6-9, Cleveland, OH.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & Goodin, Dana. (2018). Queercrip fashion in the 21st century: Sky Cubacub and the queercrip dress reform. Proceedings of the Fashion and the Future of Design, September 27-28, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., *Dong, Huanjiao, and *Choi, Eunji. (2017). “Male hair cannot extend below plane of the shoulder” and “no cross dressing:” Critical queer analysis of high school dress codes in the United States. Proceedings of the 73rd International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, November 14-18, St. Petersburg, FL.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2017). Is this what a lesbian looks like? The representations, shifting sensibilities, and resistance to lesbian styles and imagery. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting and National Symposium of the Costume Society of America, May 29-June 4, Portland, ME.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2017). Miki Vargas: Queer fashion photography and The Handsome Revolution. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting and National Symposium of the Costume Society of America, May 29-June 4, Portland, ME.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & Gagliardi, Nika. (2016). A critical lens on drawing the body: Intersections of gender, race, and size in fashion illustration textbooks. Paper presented at the International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2015). LGBTQ women, workplace dress codes, and appearance negotiations. Paper presented at the International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, Santa Fe, NM.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. & Kane, Laura. (2015). A feminist visual content analysis of college-level textile and apparel textbooks 1970-2010: Intersections of gender, race, and size. Paper presented at the International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, Santa Fe, NM.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (2015). The politicization of fashion in virtual queer spaces: A case study of Saint Harridan and Tomboy Tailors. Paper presented at the Costume Society of America National Symposium, San Antonio, TX.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. & Pedersen, Elaine L. (2014). Queer women’s experiences purchasing clothing and looking for clothing style. Paper presented at the International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L. & Pedersen, Elaine L. (2014). Clandestine fashion: Hidden styles and queer identity. Paper presented at the Fashion and Communication University of Minnesota Annual Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 


Courses Taught at ISU

AMD 165 Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in Society

AMD 665 Social Science Theories of Appearance

AMD 458X/558X Queer Fashions, Styles, and Bodies

AESHM 499X Seminar - Black Lives Matter: Fashion, Liberation, and the Fight for Freedom

AMD 562 Fashion Studies, Culture, Industry, and Social Justice

 


Current and Past Graduate Student Thesis and Dissertation Topics (selected)

Juliana Guglielmi, BDSM style: Negotiating and constructing meaning through dress and consumption practices

Dana Goodin, Identity construction and dress of Comanche tribal members in the 20th and 21st century

Sara Nelson, 21st century pin-up women: Nostalgia, pin-up contests,and the international appeal of vintage glamour

Dyese Matthews, The Black woman student: Activism, Black identity, and fashion on the college campus

Courtney Johnson, Swagger like us: Black millenials’ perceptions of 1990s urban brands

Eunji Choi, Korean fashion media, beauty ideals, and colorism: Examining the prominence of whiteness between 2013 and 2017 in Céci magazine

Christine Kastanos, Exploration of communication processes related to pre-production for apparel companies