Sarah A Bendall, Shaping Femininity: Foundation Garments, the Body, and Women in Early Modern England (Bloomsbury Academic/Visual Arts, 2021)

Journal Articles

‘Whalebone and the Wardrobe of Elizabeth I: Whaling and the Construction of Aristocratic Fashions in Sixteenth-Century Europe’, Apparence(s): Histoire et Culture du Paraître, Special Issue on ‘Animal Fashions’, edited by Ariane Fennetaux and Gabriele Mentges (forthcoming, 2021).

Sarah A. Bendall, “Adorning Masculinities? The Commissioning and Wearing of Hat Badges during the Habsburg-Valois Italian Wars”, Sixteenth Century Journal, 52, 3, (forthcoming 2021).

Sarah A. Bendall, ‘Female Personifications and Masculine Forms: Gender, Armour and Allegory in the Habsburg-Valois Conflicts of sixteenth-Century Europe’, Gender & History (2022). DOI: 10.1111/1468-0424.12592. 

Sarah A. Bendall, “Women’s Dress and the Demise of the Tailoring Monopoly: Farthingale-makers, body-makers and the changing textile marketplace of seventeenth-century London”, Textile History (2021): DOI: 10.1080/00404969.2021.1913470 

Sarah A. Bendall, “The case of the ‘french vardinggale’: A Methodological Approach to Reconstructing and Understanding Ephemeral Garments”, in Fashion Theory, Special Issue on ‘The Making Turn’, edited by Peter McNeil and Melissa Bellanta, 23, 3 (2019): 363-399. DOI: 10.1080/1362704X.2019.1603862.

Sarah A. Bendall, “‘Take Measure of your Wide and Flaunting Garments’: The Farthingale, Gender and the Consumption of Space in Elizabethan and Jacobean England”, Renaissance Studies, 33, 5 (2019): 712-737. DOI: 10.1111/rest.12537.

Sarah Anne Bendall, “To Write a Distick upon It: Busks and the Language of Courtship and Sexual Desire in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England”, in Gender & History, 26, 2, (2014): 199–222. DOI: 10.1111/1468-0424.12066.



Public History & Engagement

Isabella’s Undergarments’, Digital Humanities Project Clothing and textiles at the court of Mantua: Fashioning Isabella d’Este. Australasian Centre for Italian Studies, in collaboration with the Isabella D’Este Archive project.

“‘I die where I cling’: garters and ‘busks’ inscribed with love notes were the sexy lingerie of the past”, via The Conversation, 11 February 2021.

Sarah A. Bendall, “Lady Mary FitzRoy: The People’s Lady,” St. John’s Cemetery Project, (2020),


Guest Blog Posts

Sarah A Bendall, ‘Historical Reconstruction: A Valuable Source for the Historian‘, History Matters: Creating a Community through History, University of Sydney Department of History Blog, published 19 June 2017.

Sarah A Bendall, ‘“He shall not haue so much as a buske-point from thee”: Examining notions of Gender through the lens of Material Culture’, Journal of the History of Ideas Blog, published 15 May 2017.

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