Sarah A. Bendall is a material culture and dress historian. Her work focuses on the role of gender, particularly the place of women, in the production, trade and consumption of global commodities and fashionable consumer goods between 1500-1800.
Her first book, Shaping Femininity, was published with Bloomsbury in 2021. It was shortlisted for the Society of Renaissance Studies (UK) biannual book prize in 2022 where it was awarded highly commended.
Her current research examines experimental history approaches, the roles of women in the clothing trades during the seventeenth century, and the widespread use of whaling products in fashion between the years 1500-1800.