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Cheryl Roberts

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Research interests

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. 

Scholarly biography

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. 

Supervisory Interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Brighton

Master, University of Brighton

PhD, University of Brighton

Wimbledon School of Art (University of the Arts London)

External positions

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

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Art History Arts & Humanities
Tutor Arts & Humanities
Costume Designer Arts & Humanities
Materiality Arts & Humanities
Commodities Arts & Humanities
Futurology Arts & Humanities
Creativity Arts & Humanities
Admission Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2011 2020

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Book - edited
  • 1 Book Review
  • 1 Other contribution

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Film Costume

Roberts, C. & Nadoolman Landis, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) USA: Bloomsbury.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - edited

Vast is the Kingdom of Dust: Tenderfoot

Roberts, C., 2018, Tenderfoot. Collaboration with Goldsmiths University and QUAD Derby. .

Research output: Other contribution

Fashion on Television: Identity and Celebrity Culture by Helen Warner

Roberts, C., 26 Mar 2016, In : The Journal of Visual Studies. 2, 31, p. 155-156

Research output: Contribution to journalBook Review

Dispelling the Myth at L.C.F.

Roberts, C., 2011, In : The Research News. University of Brighton. 27

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2010 2019

Negotiating Fashionability: Second-hand Dealing, Seconds Trading, Jumble Sales and Street Markets in 1930s London.

Cheryl Roberts (Presenter)
5 Sep 20197 Sep 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

Brighton Dancehalls and Nightclubs in the Interwar Years

Cheryl Roberts (Presenter)
16 Jul 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Material Lives: Methodologies for Researching the Histories of Everyday Dress

Cheryl Roberts (Organiser), Suzanne Rowland (Organiser), Jenny Richardson (Organiser), Alex Esculapio (Organiser), Hannah Rumball (Organiser), Bethan Bide (Organiser), Gerry Connolly (Organiser)
5 Jul 2019

Activity: EventsConference

MARs Materiality

Cheryl Roberts (Invited presenter)
6 Dec 2017

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk