Research Output per year
Dr Cheryl Roberts is a Lecturer in the History of Art & Design. She is also the Admissions Tutor for the History of Art & Design programme. Her main interests are dress and textiles in the 20th and 21st centuries, in particular the consumption of the materials of fashion and everyday objects of culture. Cheryl’s research is interdisciplinary that focuses on processes of creativity and pushing academic boundaries.
Before her academic path, Cheryl was a costume designer for film, television, theatre and a pop promo stylist. Her former practice is fundamental to her research as a design historian as it provides her with an astute understanding of the materiality of commodities and how these function within and construct society.
Cheryl’s wider research includes the history of mass manufacture and retailing of textiles and dress for the everyday fashion market; science, futurology and textiles; and film− narrative, documentary and amateur− as a platform for fashion.
Cheryl initially trained in Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art and after a successful career in the entertainment industry she returned to study for a BA (Hons) in the History of Decorative Arts and Crafts at the University of Brighton. She was awarded an AHRC Research Bursary for an MA in Design History and Material Culture, also at the University of Brighton, that specialised in dress history.
Cheryl's PhD thesis, supervised by Professor Lou Taylor and Dr Paddy Maguire at the University of Brighton, examined the purchasing power of young working-class women in the 1930s and how they drove developments in textile design, technological change in manufacture, and progress in retailing through their mass consumption of lightweight day dresses.
Cheryl welcomes enquiries for PhD supervision in projects relating to fashion, dress and textiles in the 20th and 21st centuries, in particular the consumption of the materials of fashion and everyday objects of culture. Key areas of interest are mass manufacture and retailing; science and textiles; fashion futurology and forecasting; costume and film- narrative, documentary and amateur- as a platform for fashion.
Bachelor, University of Brighton
Master, University of Brighton
PhD, University of Brighton
Wimbledon School of Art (University of the Arts London)
Visiting Tutor in Design History, Royal College of Art
Tutor. Critical and Historical Studies Fashion & Textiles, Royal College of Art
Associate Lecturer, University of the Arts London
A Price for Fashion: A Young Working Class Woman’s Wardrobe in 1930s London: Femmes, mode et industrie de la mode dans l'entre-deux guerres (France, Grande-Bretagne, Belgique)Roberts, C., 2017, In : Apparences: Histoire et Culture du Paraître. 7
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book Review › Research › peer-review
Activities per year
Negotiating Fashionability: Second-hand Dealing, Seconds Trading, Jumble Sales and Street Markets in 1930s London.Cheryl Roberts (Presenter)
Activity: External talk or presentation › Oral presentation
Activity: External talk or presentation › Invited talk
Activity: Events › Conference
Activity: Events › Conference