Organised jointly by researchers at the University of Exeter and Northumbria University this Research Network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council investigates how clothes and labour influenced and assisted in the development of professional communities at the turn of the twentieth century (1880-1939). It brings together scholars from across the Humanities and Social Sciences, focusing on topics such as: hand versus mass-production of clothing; design teaching; the Arts and Crafts movement; the Dress Reform Movement; work in the textile industry; haute-couture and the emergence of the ready-to-wear industry; uniforms and professional identity; the place of women in the new workforce.

This website showcases the research conducted throughout the project and provides lecture recordings of workshops and public events, pupil resources from school study days, and virtual exhibitions and media which highlight key areas of interest within the project.