Lauren Fried

Lauren Fried, AHRC funded PhD student - Collaborative Doctoral Award between the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Royal College of Art (RCA).

Lauren Fried is a first year PhD candidate based between the Victoria and Albert Museum's Theatre and Performance department and the Royal College of Art's History of Design programme. 

The title of her thesis is 'Androgyny and Cross-Dressing in British Pop and Performance (1967-1990): A Material History'.

Lauren graduated from the V&A and RCA's History of Design MA in 2013, writing her thesis on the role of design in the history of medical treatment for transgendered people during the first half of the twentieth century. 

She also holds an MA from the University of Edinburgh in the History of Art and Architecture, with a dissertation on the costumes and performances of Leigh Bowery. 

She has previously worked at a Savile Row tailor, in contemporary art and design galleries, in exhibition research, and is currently an associate lecturer at the London College of Fashion.