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First Name
Last Name
Ryerson University
Website URL
Corsets, Toronto, Labour, Dress, Nineteenth century, needletrades, dressmaking, seamstress,
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Personal Info

About Me

I am a Canadian dress and labour historian, specializing in nineteenth century Toronto and women in the needle-trades.  I try to tell the stories of the women who sewed and owned businesses in Toronto, whose names would otherwise be lost to time.

My doctoral dissertation focused on corsets as a site of feminists agency, using Toronto’s manufacturing and consumer centres as a case-study.  I am interesting in unpacking established history, to challenge problematic rhetoric (ie: the idea that corsets were imposed on women as a tool of patriarchal control)

Recent Publications

“Dressmakers and Seamstresses in Toronto, 1834-1861” in Costume 51:1 (March, 2018).

“Fashions from Hell:  The Enduring Influence of Jack the Ripper on Dress” in Dressed to Kill: Fashionable Horror in Film and Literature, Julia Petrov and Gudrun Whitehead eds.  London:  Bloomsbury, 2017.

“Hard and Straight: The Creating of Nineteenth Century Masculinity Through Corsets” in Crossing Boundaries: Fashion to Deconstruct and Reimagine Gender, Ben Barry and Andrew Reilly eds.  London: Intellect Press (upcoming).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Material Culture, Urban History, Women