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Dr

Sarah Bendall

Mckenzie Fellowship
Historical And Philosophical Studies
arts & humanities
arts & humanities - other topics
humanities, multidisciplinary
medieval & renaissance studies
dress
gender
space
reconstruction
experimental dress methodology
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Dr

Sarah Bendall

 
Division
Arts
 
Primary Interest
Material Culture History
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Dr

Sarah Bendall

 

Sarah Bendall is a McKenzie Fellow in History. She is material culture historian of early modern Europe, specialising in the dress, jewellery, armour, and decorative arts of England, Scotland, and France from 1500-1800.

Her research explores gendered and embodied experiences, particularly those of women, as well as histories of production and consumption, and material ecologies. It furthers methodological approaches and disciplinary perspectives in the field of dress and material culture studies, particularly in relation to historical dress reconstruction and scientific analysis of objects.
Her current research project "Whaling, the Baleen Trade, and the Ecologies of Fashion Innovation in Early Modern Europe" examines the widespread use of baleen in dress and decorative arts between 1500-1800, and consequently the European relationship between fashion and ecology. It utilises records in British and French collections, alongside experimental and interdisciplinary methodologies like stable isotope anlaysis and mtDNA analysis, to trace the journey this animal product took from whale to toilette. Through collaborations with colleagues in the sciences this project also explores new ways of using scientific and archaeological technologies to examine early modern dress and decorative arts objects.

Her first monograph, Shaping Femininity, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic/Visual Arts. It explores how sixteenth and seventeenth-century foundation garments (bodies and farthingales) shaped the dressed female body in early modern England, and consequently how enduring notions of western femininity were established.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2020

Publication Grant

Pasold Research Fund

2018

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) Margaret Hannay Visiting Fellowship

Folger Shakespeare Library

2018

David Walker Memorial Visiting Fellowship in Early Modern History

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

2018

Research Project Grant

Pasold Research Fund

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Mckenzie Fellowship

Historical And Philosophical Studies

Member

The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand

Member

The Costume Society UK

Member

Australia and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS)

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Sydney