Dr Clare Rose is a historian of fashion, textiles (especially quilts) and childhood, specialising in Britain from 1750-2000, with over twenty years of experience. She is an expert in communicating historic research in ways that are relevant and lively, using artefacts, images, texts and music. Her research is published in books, journal articles, exhibitions, lectures, and press interviews. She is fluent in French, Italian and German and in touch with the leading scholars in Europe and North America.
- I am the Lecturer in Contextual Studies for the Foundation Degree and BA Honours in Hand Embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court
- I teach at MA and BA level for the Open University and other institutions, with 18 years of experience.
- I give popular lectures on fashion, design and dance for the V&A Museum and private groups.
- I collaborate on exhibitions with institutions like the Women’s Library London, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and State Museums Berlin.
- I have been interviewed onBBC 2 TV, BBC Radio 4 Today and Woman’s Hour, and my research has been featured in the national press
- I have published several books and numerous academic articles, and have also written on design for newsstand publications.
- My research projects are supported by governmental and charitable grants.
Areas of expertise include:
- history of crafts – especially dressmaking and quilting
- women’s history – especially British feminism
- fashion history – especially the development of high street shopping
- childhood history – how expectations and practices change
- quilt history – especially the links between America, Britain and Europe
- ethical fashion – its origins and current issues
- world textiles – traditional techniques and modern design
I am available for lectures, research projects, and collaborations.
2006 University of Brighton: PhD, Boyswear and the formation of gender and class identity in urban England, 1840-1900
1988 Museums Association: Museums Diploma
1983 New York University: M.A. in Art History and Museology
1980 St Hugh’s College, Oxford University: B.A. in English
2009 The Women’s Library, London: Vera Douie Research Fellowship, ‘The Politics of Appearance: Feminist dress in the 1970s’
2008 Pasold Research Fund: Prize for best article in Textile History
2000 Pasold Research Fund: Grant for PhD
1999 Arts and History Research Board: Research studentship for PhD
1980 Tuition fellowship, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
2011 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2009 Honorary Fellow, Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, University of Sheffield.
2008 Associate Fellow, International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska
2006 Steering Group, Fashioning an Ethical Industry
2000 Keynote Speaker, 18thCentury Clothing, Revealing Fashions, Colonial Williamsburg
1999 Member, Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens, Lyon
2011 The Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University: Exhibition Researcher, ‘All Work and Low Pay: the Story of Women and Work’
2009-10 V&A Museum: Lecturer in Design History
2009-10 Open University: Lecturer, MA and BA Humanities
2009-11 Bath Spa University: Lecturer, MA and BA Design
2008-10 Middlesex University: Lecturer, Visual Culture
2008-11 Cavendish College London: Lecturer in Sustainable Design
2007-08 Independent: Post-doctoral researcher
2003-06 Chelsea College of Art: Lecturer, Design Theory
1997-02 Winchester School of Art: Lecturer, History of Design
1995-02 Open University: Lecturer, History of Art
1989-91 Prospect Art Tours: Tour Leader and Developer
1988-02 Freelance: Lecturer in History of Art & Design
1983-88 York Castle Museum: Keeper of Textiles
1983 Intern, Medieval Department, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1982 Research Assistant, ‘Masterpieces of Ivory’, Walters Art Gallery
1979-80 Conservation Intern, Burrell Collection Glasgow