Rosemary Hawthorne is a classically trained actress, winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In addition to being a RADA medallist, she was also awarded the coveted Costume Prize… which is where it all started.
Rosemary cultivated her passion for unusual historical clothing and its sociological link to the last two centuries, becoming a well respected fashion historian. With little being documented about the history of underwear, Rosemary emerged as a leading authority.
Her first book, ‘Knickers: An Intimate Appraisal’ (1991), was a huge success and became the gospel on everything from pantaloons and pantalettes to divided drawers and bloomers.
Armed with her stage props of historical bloomers and bras, known as The Rosemary Hawthorne Collection and a large helping of wit, Rosemary’s reputation quickly grew and The Knicker Lady was born.