Rebecca J. Kelly is a textile conservator and fashion historian focused on the study of 19th and 20th century textiles, trade, and retail history. She is particularly interested in the birth of American fashion and revealing the work of under-recognized women fashion and textile designers. She lectures at The Rhode Island School of Design and The University of Rhode Island. Rebecca was co-curator of the 2021 exhibition Women Take the Wheel: Fashion, Modernity and the Automobile 1905 – 1945 at the Audrain Automobile Museum in Newport, R.I. She works as a consultant assisting numerous organizations and private clients with the interpretation and installation of textile exhibitions. She holds a BA in Art History as well as an MS from the department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design at the University of Rhode Island.