Managing Editor Brenna Barks

Brenna Barks is a former linguistics and Japanese language and culture scholar who completed her MSc in History, Theory and Display at the University of Edinburgh in 2010.  Her dissertation examined the influence of Indian garments and textiles on British dress and society during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

She works as an educator and freelance writer in central California, and has previously worked with costume and textile collections as both a contract employee and a volunteer. Her current research interests include: colonialism; cross-cultural exchange in textiles and dress; ‘orientalism’ and representations of ‘the exotic’ in dress, as well as the indigenous dress of Scotland and Japan; race and identity in fashion; and the clothing and material culture of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the 1920s and 30s.

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