Sarah A Bendall is a material culture historian of early modern Europe, specialising in the dress, jewellery, armour, and decorative arts of England, Scotland and France during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her research explores gendered and embodied experiences, particularly those of women, as well as histories of production and consumption, and material ecologies.
She is currently a McKenzie Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
Her current research examines the widespread use of baleen in dress and decorative arts between the years 1500-1800 to explore the complex historical relationship between fashion and ecology.
Her first monograph on early modern foundation garments, Shaping Femininity, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic/Visual Arts.