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Mrs Rosemary Taylor-Davies MA Fashion Curation by Independent Project (Distinction)

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Rosie Taylor-Davies pursues a career in research, design and making. She has worked in costume for theatre, film and television, and also in commercial and bespoke garment production. Her specialism is history of dress, replica and reproduction of costume and embroidery; knowledge that she applies practically to art installation for museums, mounting for exhibition, teaching, lecturing and film.

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Rosie Taylor-Davies work

Rosie studied design, garment production and development, women’s and menswear (wholesale and bespoke), at the London College of Fashion; fashion drawing at Central St Martins College of Art and Design; textile printing at London College of Printing and embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace where she was the Head of the Commercial Studio. Later moving on into research, she graduated with distinction in MA Fashion Curation by Independent Project from the University of the Arts, London (2011). She is currently working part-time on a funded PhD concerning the embroidery trade in eighteenth-century England with particular focus on how object-based study of the Doddershall Court mantua and other embroidered garments from this period can increase our understanding of the work and training practice of a career embroiderer. Research investigates where they came from, where they lived and worked, their gender, trade networks, clients, the garments that they worked on and how important politically it was to be dressed well at the Georgian Court. From forensic research it has also been possible to identify the wearer of the Doddershall court mantua and petticoat and the occasion to which it was worn.

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PhD research

“What does the Doddershall court mantua and petticoat tell us about the eighteenth-century embroidery trade in London”, supervised by Professor Maria Hayward and Dr. Julie Gammon.

Consultant embroiderer for V&A Opus Anglicanum exhibition and filmed reproducing medieval embroidery copied from one of their extant textiles.

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