Intern Sarah Bendall is currently a PhD student at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her APA-funded research, tentatively titled ‘Bodies of Whalebone, Wood, Metal and Cloth: Structural Undergarments and Femininity in England, 1560-1740,’ examines the production, consumption and discourses generated around stiffened undergarments in order to analyze the way that women and their bodies were understood, displayed, regulated and experienced in England during this period.
Sarah has previously been involved in the with the Australian Dress Register at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum) in Sydney, a collaborative project that aims to catalogue and research dress with Australian provenance pre-1975. During her archival and museum research trip in 2015 she was also a visiting student at Kings College London.
She maintains her own PhD related blog where she posts about her research, reconstructions, exhibitions and dress related history.