Joycelyn Burdett, Ph.D. – Albright College

Joycelyn Burdett, Ph.D.

Joycelyn Burdett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Fashion Design
Alumni 101A

Ph.D. in Human Ecology, Specialization: Dress History from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
B.A. and M.A. in Clothing & Textiles: Design from San Francisco State University, California


Dr. Joycelyn Burdett earned her B.A. and M. A. from San Francisco State University in apparel design and a Ph.D. focusing on dress history from The Ohio State University where she was also the Collections Manager for The Historic Costumes & Textiles Collection.

Joycelyn was a pattern maker for PW Minor shoe factory and also operated her own custom historic clothing reproduction company in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more than 20 years, she has taught apparel construction, pattern making, textiles, history of fashion, and many other fashion related courses at San Francisco State University, Evergreen Valley College, Kansas State University, and Villa Maria College.

Joycelyn’s research interests focus on customs, context and construction of historic apparel and how they may be translated to a modern body or inform modern designs. She loves reproducing historic clothing and especially corsetry and millinery. She has also recently added tambour beading to her list of technical skills. Joycelyn is a member of the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) and the Costume Society of America (CSA).


Along with her teaching duties, Dr. Burdett is the Coordinator of the Design Studio for the Fashion Department. This is her first year at Albright College and very pleased to join such a distinguished and highly skilled faculty.