Dr Kate Strasdin

Job title
Senior Lecturer
07799 260167

I joined Falmouth University in 2009 as an associate lecturer teaching histories and theories to students on BA(Hons) Fashion Design and BA(Hons) Performance Sportswear Design. With the addition of a further two courses - BA(Hons) Fashion Photography and BA(Hons) Fashion Marketing - I now help to deliver the HATs programme across the four courses. I am also one of two dissertation supervisors.

Following the completion of my PhD in 2013, I have had two peer reviewed journal articles published, I have attended a number of national and international conferences and chaired two conference panels. In 2011 I was awarded the annual Gervers Fellowship given by the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, allowing me to work with their collections.  I was the recipient of the 2010 Keith Ponting Bursary to further research at the Fashion Museum in Bath and won a Design History Society Award towards the cost of travel and study. I am working on the publication of my PhD research. I am honorary deputy curator at the Totnes Fashion and Textile Museum in Devon.


YearQualificationAwarding body
BA (Hons) History
University of Wales, Cardiff
MA History of Textiles and Dress
Winchester School of Art
Southampton University

Honours and awards


The Gervers Fellowship, an annual award given to further study in Canada

Membership of external committees

The Costume Society, Dress and Textile Specialists (DATs), The Court Studies Society

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

My PhD was a study of the surviving garments of Queen Alexandra, now scattered around the world in different museums. It was an object based project taking garments as the central point of departure and using material culture to inform other narratives. My research interests arising from this are 19th and early 20th century female dress, haute couture, couture embroidery and dress practices.

Research topics

19th century dress
court studies
haute couture
Royal dress

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Book Chapter


Strasdin, Kate (2016) 'Gold and Silver by Night' Queen Alexandra - A Life in Colour. In: Colours in Fashion. Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN 9781474273695 


Conference or Workshop Item


Strasdin, Kate (2015) Foundations of Fashion - The History of Underwear. In: NADFAS Workshop, Various around the UK. (Unpublished) Item not available from this repository. 



Strasdin, Kate (2014) ‘A Working Royal Wardrobe – The Public Persona of Queen Alexandra’. In: Tailored Trades Network Conference, September 2014, Bishopsgate Institute.



Strasdin, Kate (2012) ‘Think of me as I was now I am breaking up’ Queen Alexandra and the Art of Royal Camouflage 1863-1925. In: Royal Bodies Conference, April 2012, Royal Holloway.




Strasdin, Kate (2017) Inside the Royal Wardrobe - A Dress History of Queen Alexandra. Dress and Fashion Research . Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN Not yet known (In Press) Item not available from this repository. 


Website Content


Strasdin, Kate (2014) It's All in the Detail - Couture's Best Kept Secret. [Website Content]




Strasdin, Kate (2016) Fashion and Democracy. [Conference]




CHORD Conference paper - 'Royal Retail - Queen Alexandra and her Acquisition of Dress'


Keynote speaker - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Fashion at Ryerson University, Toronto


Annual Gervers Lecture - Kate Strasdin Gervers Fellow - lecture on the dress of Queen Alexandra in the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto


Royal Bodies Conference paper at Royal Holloway - 'Think of me as I was now I am breaking up - Queen Alexandra and the Art of Royal Camouflage'


The Making of a Modern Monarchy conference paper at Kensington Palace - 'Clothes Maketh the Monarchy - power dressing in the life of Alexandra, Princess of Wales


Tailored Trades Network Conference Paper at the Bishopsgate Institute, London - 'A Working Royal Wardrobe: The Public Persona of Queen Alexandra


The Costume Colloquium IV - Colors in Fashion paper in Florence - 'Gold and Silver by Night - Queen Alexandra and the Colours of Power'


Disseminating Dress conference, University of York, working title 'Reporting Royal Dress - Queen Alexandra and the Court Circular'


A panel of papers accepted for the 84th Anglo-American Conference at the Institute of Historical Research, working title ‘Provenance Guaranteed’ – Between Bath and Los Angeles, the Transatlantic Dissemination of Queen Alexandra’s Wardrobe.


Areas of teaching

Histories & Theories of Dress and Textiles

Courses taught

Fashion Design
Performance Sportswear Design
Fashion Photography
Fashion Marketing

Professional engagement