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Dr Suzanne Rowland is a lecturer in fashion and dress history in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Brighton. She is a material culture scholar and interdisciplinary theorist with broad research interests in fashion design, manufacturing, and cross-class consumption from the early nineteenth century to the present day. With a background as a costume maker in film and theatre, she is particularly interested in how dress is manufactured and its corporeal relationship to the body. Her AHRC/Design Star PhD research investigated the design and wholesale manufacturing of women’s fashionable blouses during the 1910s through material culture, Actor-Network Theory, and storytelling. In 2021, with Prof Lou Taylor, she organised the two-day international online conference: ‘Women’s Tailored Clothes across Britain, Ireland, Europe and America, 1750-1920.’

Suzanne is a member of the Centre for Design History and is actively involved in two research groups:

‘Tailored Clothes for Women, 1750-1930’ European Research group Apparences, Corps et Sociétés http://gis-acorso.com/  

19th Century Dress and Textiles Reframed https://c19thdressandtextilesreframed.wordpress.com

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