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Rebecca Kelly

Rebecca Kelly
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design; Quinn Hall, Rm 302
  • Phone: 401.874.4574
  • Email: rkelly328@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Quinn Hall
    55 Lower College Road
    Kingston, RI, 02881


Rebecca J. Kelly is a textile historian and conservator. She has worked as a conservator holding positions at The Preservation Society of Newport County, and later the Museum at FIT. She continues to work as a consultant assisting numerous organizations and private clients with the interpretation of collections and the installation of textile exhibitions. She has previously taught courses related to the history of fashion and textiles at both Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is currently teaching TMD 440 (Historic Textiles) and TMD 518 (Introduction to Textile Conservation)


Rebecca’s research interests include the production and consumption of fashion luxury goods, and the way fashion and textiles are represented in the visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth century.


Rebecca holds a BA in art history, as well as an MS in historic dress and textile conservation, both from the University of Rhode Island.

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