About & Research



Sarah A Bendall’s research interests include the history of dress and material culture in England, Scotland and France during the sixteenth and seventeen-centuries, particularly in relation to constructions of gender, and the histories of artisanal trades, garment production and consumption. Her 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.

Currently she is a Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) Margaret Hannay Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. In 2018 she was also a Pasold Reserach Fund Grant recipient and 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 she was a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, working on Susan Broomhall’s ARC funded project Gendering the Italian Wars. Her role in the project examined the movement of elite fashions across Europe during this tumultuous period of the sixteenth century. Sarah has also taught and lectured in both History and Art History at the University of Sydney.

In January 2018 Sarah completed her PhD at the University of Sydney Australia. Her APA-funded thesis examined the materiality, consumption and discourses generated around stiffened female foundation garments – bodies, busks, farthingales and bum rolls – in in England from 1560-1690. She is currently developing this into a monograph.





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.

Museum Experience

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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.


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