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.
She is currently a McKenzie Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
Her current research examines two specialised branches of tailoring in seventeenth century London, Body-making and Farthingale-making, and the widespread use of baleen in dress and decorative arts between the years 1500-1800. These projects explore making and makers in early modern European textile industries and the complex historical relationship between fashion and ecology.
Her first monograph, Shaping Femininity, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic/Visual Arts.