RSN Industry Links

Finding talent at the Royal School of Needlework

The RSN Degree, BA(Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art, is renowned for the hand embroidery expertise of its students and graduates. Many RSN Degree students secure prestigious roles during their industry placements with fashion houses, designers and galleries. All have an ability to work to industry standards with the skill level and pace demanded by the industry.


“The Royal School of Needlework has attracted a younger generation to learn a skill that sets them apart from their peers.”

Bruce Montgomery, Professor in Design Craftsmanship, Northumbria University


Staff, students and graduates from the RSN Degree are proud to collaborate with many contemporary and traditional designers and fashion houses:

  • E Tautz
  • Jasper Conran
  • Hand & Lock
  • Hawthorne & Heaney
  • Giles
  • Chalayan



The RSN Studio produces bespoke hand embroidery for private and public commission. RSN Degree students have been selected to work on a number of high profile commissions whilst on placement with the RSN Studio. Recent clients have included:

  • Embroidered Oscar dress for ‘Red Carpet Green Dress’ worn by the actress Naomie Harris
  • Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen for work on the wedding dress of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

To see more of our work please download our brochure.



E.Tautz for London Collections: Men A/W 2014

A unique collaboration was launched at London Collections between menswear label E.Tautz and the students and staff of the RSN degree programme.

Inspired by ‘The Rakes Progress’, the E.Tautz A/W 2014 Menswear Collection showcased garments embellished with intricate hand embroidery created by the RSN Degree students, based at Hampton Court Palace. The students worked directly on key pieces for the collection including two shirts, a waistcoat and a contemporary twist on the classic biker jacket.  Every motif, letter and symbol was a bespoke creation designed for each of the specific garments within the Collection.

“The thing I love most about my job is the creative freedom of our ready-to-wear range. E. Tautz was a real innovator, a very progressive tailor. He invented the knickerbocker and was the first guy to cut specific trousers for golf, polo and cycling. So our inspiration comes from a variety of sources, this season from the Bayeux tapestry to Bedlam mental hospital, through to Hogarth and Charles II.”

Patrick Grant, Creative Director of E.Tautz (and judge on BBC2’s Great British Sewing Bee).


Library (A recent plan) by Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors

Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors: Miniature dolls’ house project

RSN Degree students collaborated with Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors on a miniature dolls’ house project initiated by the V&A Museum of Childhood.

As part of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House exhibition (13 December 2014 – 6 September 2015), Emma Mawston, Head of Design, Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors, invited Royal School of Needlework (RSN) Degree students to help create their Library (A Recent Plan) room as part of the Dream House, a dramatic and miniature dolls’ house installation.

Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors designed the domestic interior furnishings of the library within a 30cm x 30cm box space applying the company’s classic designs and invited a number of makers to contribute including RSN Degree students.



Marks & Spencer and Oxfam ‘Love Mum’ campaign

RSN Degree students enjoyed an opportunity to work with Marks & Spencer and Oxfam as part of their high profile ‘Love Mum Shwop Campaign’.
Second Year Hand Embroidery Degree students, based at the RSN, hand embroidered three Marks & Spencer (M&S) jumpers for the retailer’s latest ‘Love, Mum’ campaign. The new joint M&S and Oxfam campaign saw celebrity mums Joanna Lumley, Abbey Clancy and Zoe Ball come together to raise money for mothers living in poverty around the world.


The RSN Degree staff, students and graduates can work with you to create bespoke and innovative hand embroidery of an exceptional quality. To discuss your project in more detail, please send an enquiry to Angie Wyman, Course Leader BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art via the form below.