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Sarah A Bendall is a material culture historian of early modern Europe, specialising in the dress, jewellery and armour of England, Scotland and France during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

She is currently a Research Associate at the University of Western Australia. In 2020 she will be joining the University of Melbourne as a McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow in History.

Her first monograph, Shaping Femininity, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic/Visual Arts.

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.

On this website you will find blog posts and tutorials featuring her research and experimental reconstructions, as well as information about her latest projects and publications.