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Elizabeth  Barnett Lawton

Elizabeth Barnett Lawton

Senior Lecturer

School of Art, Design and Fashion

023 8201 6031 ext. 6031


Elizabeth is an award winning editor and senior lecturer on the media fashion styling programme. She has over a decade of experience as a journalist and stylist, writing features and art directing photo shoots for some of the world’s leading magazines, including InStyle; Vogue; Vogue China and Harper’s Bazaar. She began her career in 1998 in the beauty departments of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, as health and beauty assistant to leading beauty directors, Kathy Phillips and Newby Hands, respectively.

In 2000, she was hired as part of the launch team of the UK edition of InStyle, initially as the beauty writer and then deputy beauty editor, where she won the Johnson & Johnson Best Monthly Beauty Journalist Award and edited the InStyle Best Beauty Buys supplement.

In 2005 she was appointed beauty director on the innovative but short-lived fashion magazine, Happy. Here she was nominated for the prestigious P&G Beauty and Grooming Awards and the Wella Hair Journalism Awards, alongside Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She then consulted on the relaunch of First, in 2007, heading up the beauty section, which won prizes at both the P&G and Johnson & Johnson awards. Elizabeth’s most recent editorial staff position was acting beauty director of Good Housekeeping, Britain’s second biggest selling magazine, where she wrote and styled beauty features for both the main magazine and She was nominated for a Jasmine Award for a perfume feature in 2009. Elizabeth has freelanced for Vogue China, The Sunday Express Magazine, Marie Claire, Psychologies and guest edited the Elemis magazine, Time to Spa.

In 2010 she launched the online styling business, Style on Call and has consulted and written advertorial copy for brands including Harrods, Dior and Olay. 

Elizabeth is now a senior lecturer on the media fashion styling degree programme at Solent University where she teaches on BA (Hons) Fashion Styling and BA (Hons) Makeup and Hair Design and is launching BA (Hons) Beauty Promotion in 2015. She has four years experience developing and leading dynamic, industry relevant and academically challenging course content for undergraduates with ambitions for a career in the media, fashion and beauty industries.  

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