My name is Sarah and I've always loved to dress up. Any costume party, I was there. I also love history and period dramas, so I guess that's where my main love for historical fashion came from. I started sewing in 2010 when I had a history themed birthday party to attend. I didn't want to buy one of those 'everything-is-cheap-polyester' type costumes from a party supplies store, so I decided to make my own.
I also love vintage and retro clothing, and I usually wear a mix of styles from the 1930s-1960s on any given day. Sewing has also allowed me to develop and indulge my love for these styles without breaking the bank - as vintage and even reproduction is often quite costly!
My love of sewing historical costumes spilled over to my academic work and I'm undertaking a PhD in early modern material culture studies and the history of the body (including gender, sexuality, intimacy, health, physical beauty, etc) . My work blends these two fields in order to understand the way that people, through the material objects that fashioned them, perceived their bodies and those around them.
You can learn more about my PhD research by clicking here or read my professional academic blog here.
I sometimes volunteer in the curatorial area of the Fashion and Textiles department at the 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.