Catherine is a second-year History of Design student at the V&A/RCA History of Design programme. Her current dissertation focuses on feminist posters from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain. Other research interests include graphic design, fashion and environmental history. Her undergraduate dissertation focused on the female founders of the RSPB who campaigned to end the plumage fashion in twentieth century Britain.
Ellie Birch is a second-year History of Design student at the V&A/RCA History of Design programme. Her dissertation focuses on the material objects and superstitious rituals surrounding Medieval childbirth. More generally, however, her research obsessions include Medieval and Early Modern European fashion, art, and culture. She idolises Caravaggio and adores dogs, drawing people and gardening.
Bethany is a second-year History of Design student at the V&A/RCA History of Design programme. Her current dissertation aims to explore military masculinity in the aftermath of the English Civil War. Other research interests include visual culture and sensory experience, the Dutch Golden Age, early modern imaginations of the body and seventeenth century dress reconstruction. She previously studied History at the University of Sheffield, undertaking the ‘Renaissance Florence’ special subject with a dissertation on sacred images, imaginative devotion and the period eye.