Rachel is a PhD Researcher in Dress History of the Twentieth Century, in particular exploring men’s everyday dress of the First World War and the interwar period, 1918-1939. Her research looks at how the War had an impact on men’s dress and how menswear culture developed in the interwar years.
Following a ten year career as a menswear designer, Rachel completed an MA in Fashion History at De Montfort University before starting her PhD. Her PhD research focuses on the narratives of lived experience that are embodied by everyday dress.
Rachel’s approach to research is influenced by her experience as a designer and focuses on materiality, engaging in object-based research along with archival material to develop a more intimate history of dress as it was experienced.