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Last Name
King's College London
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Needlework, embroidery, material culture, women's work, fashion history, art history
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About Me

Isabella Rosner is a current PhD student at King’s College London, where she studies Quaker women’s decorative arts before 1800, specifically 17th-century English needlework and 18th-century Philadelphia wax and shellwork. She is an expert in early modern women’s needlework and schoolgirl samplers. She also runs a podcast called “Sew What?” about historic needlework and the gals who stitched it.

Recent Publications

‘“Black-works, white-works, colours all”: Finding Susanna Perwich in her Seventeenth-century Embroidered Cabinet’. Art Herstory. 26 May 2020.

‘Glove’s Labour’s Lost: An Exploration of Seventeenth-Century Gloves’. The Costume Society. 12 April 2020.

‘In Glistening Glory: Queen Elizabeth I’s Dress at Hampton Court Palace’. The Costume Society. 22 March 2020.

‘”A Cunning Skill Did Lurk”: Susanna Perwich and the Mysteries of a Seventeenth-Century Needlework Cabinet’. Textile History. 9 December 2018.

‘Stitching History: LACMA’s Guatemalan and Mexican Samplers’. LACMA. 21 August 2017.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom and United States
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
3, 4, 5, 6
Expertise by Topic
Material Culture, Museums, Women