CV and information

Dr Clare Rose is a historian of fashion,  textiles and  childhood, specialising in Britain from 1750-2000, with over twenty years of experience. She is an expert in communicating history 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 give popular lectures on fashion and design for the V&A Museum and private groups
  • I am a university lecturer with 20 years of experience
  • From 2012-19 I was Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies for the BA Hons in Hand Embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework
  • I collaborate on exhibitions with institutions like the V& A, State Museums Berlin, and the Women’s Library
  • I have been interviewed on The Great British Sewing Bee, 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:

  • fashion history – especially the Art Nouveau period
  • history of shopping – especially early mail-order catalogues
  • 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

Funding Awards

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

Peer Esteem

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


2009 –       V&A Museum: Lecturer in Design History

2012 –  19  The Royal School of Needlework: Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies

2011          The Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University: Exhibition Researcher, ‘All Work and Low Pay: the Story of Women and Work’

2009-13   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