My research interests include the history of material culture (namely, dress, jewellery and armour) in England, Scotland and France during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, particularly in relation to constructions of gender norms, and the histories of garment production, consumerism and material ecologies. My work furthers methodological approaches and disciplinary perspectives in the field of dress and material culture studies, particularly in relation to object-based approaches and historical dress reconstruction, of which I’m a practitioner.
I am currently an Associate Lecturer in History at the University of Sydney. In 2018 I was a Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) Margaret Hannay Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., a David Walker Memorial Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, and and a Pasold Research Fund Grant recipient.
I am also a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, working on Susan Broomhall, Carolyn James and Lisa Mansfield’s ARC-funded project Gendering the Italian Wars. My role in the project examines the movement of elite fashions across Europe during this tumultuous period of the sixteenth century.
In January 2018 I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney Australia. My APA-funded thesis examined the production, materiality, consumption and discourses generated around stiffened female undergarments – bodies, busks, farthingales and bum rolls – in in England from 1560-1690. I am currently developing this into a monograph.
My new research examines the genesis of the widespread use of baleen in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to uncover how baleen, a raw animal product derived from whaling, irrevocably changed European textile industries and the market for fashionable goods, and consequently the European relationship between fashion and ecology.
September 2015 – December 2016
I was an intern with Worn Through, a blog about the social-cultural, academic, historical, and critical thoughts on dress, aimed at academics, museum professionals and fashion/design educators. My main roles are social Media management and content Contribution.
I have previously volunteered in the curatorial area of the Fashion and Textiles department at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (formerly, Powerhouse Museum) in Sydney, and I also work on the Australian Dress Register, a collaborative project that aims to catalogue and research dress in Australian pre-1975.