I recently 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 order to analyse the way that women and their bodies were understood, displayed, regulated and experienced in England from 1560-1690. My research recognises the crucial role that these objects of material culture played in shaping understandings of the female body and of ideas of beauty, wealth, grace, piety, chastity and modesty in early modern England, and thus, enduring western notions of femininity.
Currently I am a Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) Margaret Hannay Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. In 2018 I was also a David Walker Memorial Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford undertaking research for the project “Making and Buying Deformed Fashions: The Tailoring, Body-making and Farthingale-making Trades in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England”.
In 2018 I was a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, working on Susan Broomhall’s ARC funded project Gendering the Italian Wars. My role in the project examined the movement of elite fashions across Europe during this tumultuous period of the sixteenth century. I have also taught and lectured in both History and Art History at the University of Sydney.
My research interests are situated in the fields of material culture history of early modern Europe, particularly the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. My particular interests include the history of dress, ornamentation and the body, the history of gender and sexuality, the history of artisanal cultures and production, and the history of retail, consumption, and consumerism.
September 2015 – December 2016
I’m 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.