Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
National Trust for Scotland
Website URL
fashion, clothing, school uniform, public schools, fancy dress, girls' school stories, Angela Brazil
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Personal Info

About Me

Kate completed her PhD on the history of British school uniform in 2016. In this she examined the way that social, fashionable and educational change affected the appearance of school children, with a particular focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. She also holds a Masters in Art History from the University of St Andrews. She works for the National Trust for Scotland in Edinburgh, as well as teaching for the City of Edinburgh Council and working as a Senior Writer for The Art Story. She has diverse research interests within the fields of dress history and is currently researching the history of fancy dress costumes in the UK. Kate is passionate about public engagement and regularly works with a theatre company to research and tell the stories of forgotten women including the children’s author, Angela Brazil and the racing champion, suffragist and World War One ambulance driver, Muriel Thompson.

Recent Publications

Kate Stephenson, Gymslips, Gender & Gentry: The History of School Uniform in Britain (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, Forthcoming 2020)

Kate Stephenson, “Uniform Adoption in English Public Schools,” in Uniform: Clothing and Discipline in the Modern World, ed. Lisa Godson & Jane Tynan (London: Bloomsbury, July 2019)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Gender, Material Culture, Women