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Kelly Reddy-Best


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

Office: 1058 Lebaron 626 Morrill Rd, Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 9919
Email: klrb@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • Critical and conceptual design (online portfolio)
  • Cultural and soc/psych aspects of dress and fashion
  • Queer/gender/sexuality studies
  • Discrimination/oppression and appearance; anti-racist action
  • History of queer fashion(s)

 

Fashion and Culture Research Lab 

The Fashion and Culture 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)

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. 

 


Peer-Revewied Published Works (selected)

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & Olson, Eric. (in press). 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.

Harmon, Jennifer, & Reddy-Best, Kelly L. (in press) Fashion social marketing: Analysis of reaction to Lane Bryant’s #PlusIsEqual. Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture. 

Reddy-Best, Kelly L., & *Choi, Eunji. (2019). “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.

Reddy-Best, Kelly L & *Goodin, Dana. (2019). Queercrip fashion in the 21st century: Sky Cubacub and the queercrip dress reform. Clothing Cultures.

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)

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 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