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Research interests

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.

Suzanne is a committee member of the following research networks:

Centre for Design History, University of Brighton Centre for Design History

‘Tailored Clothes for Women’ research project supported by University of Brighton and European Research group Apparences, Corps et Sociétés  

19th Century Dress and Textiles Reframed

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising doctoral projects broadly relating to the design, manufacture and consumption of fashion and textiles, and the collection and display of dress and textiles in museums. The application of creative research methodologies, including dress reconstruction and storytelling would be welcome. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The role of design, technology, female labour, and business networks in the rise of the fashionable, lightweight, ready-made blouse in Britain, 1909-1919, University of Brighton

Fellow (FHEA), University of Brighton

Master, History of Design and Material Culture, University of Brighton

Bachelor, Cultural Studies


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