Finding talent at the Royal School of Needlework

The RSN Degree, BA(Hons) Hand Embroidery, 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.

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


RSN Studio

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

Collaborative Projects

E.Tautz for London Men’s Fashion Week SS19

Signature pieces from the latest E. Tautz Collection were hand embroidered by RSN Degree Students and launched at London Fashion Week Men’s as part of their Spring Summer 2019 Collection.  The new Collection, ‘Give Me a Future’, was a modern day demonstration of the labour movements in British history, featuring symbols and slogans.

Game of Thrones 2016

RSN Degree Students collaborated to created an epic 6m x 4m embroidery for one of the world’s biggest TV shows, Game of Thrones.  The three dimensional project depicted one of the most intense battle scenes in TV history – the massacre of Hardhome. Featuring intricate skills of hand embroidery including Appliqué, Raised Embroidery and Beading, the RSN Degree Students also used custom made fabrics to add depth, texture and gravitas.

Nicholas Oakwell and ‘GREAT British Dress’ 2015

RSN Degree Students worked with designer Nicholas Oakwell to create the one-off ‘GREAT British Dress’ comprising 90 metres of silk organza and 200,000 dyed ostrich feathers. The dress was worn by X Factor judge Cheryl at the Final of the UK X Factor 2015

Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors: Miniature doll’s house 2015

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, Emma Mawston, Head of Design, Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors, invited our Degree students to help create their Library 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.


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 BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee).