020 (2)This is the blog of Dr Rebecca Unsworth. It is a collection of musings, encompassing reflections on my research, explorations of new ideas, reviews of various things, and deviations into the world outside of academia. All posts on it are my own, as are all images, unless otherwise stated.

I am a fashion and design historian, mostly located in the early modern period. My PhD, which I undertook at Queen Mary University of London and the Victoria and Albert Museum, looked at the circulation of news about men’s fashion in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. I am currently based at Birmingham Museums Trust, delving into their collection of decorative art. For more information about me and my research, please see my website.

You can also find me on Twitter @BexUnsworth


The tagline for this blog is a quote from one of my favourite attacks on early modern fashion: Nathaniel Cannon, The Cryer: A Sermon Preached at Pauls Crosse the fifth of Februarie (London, 1613). The background print is another satire of early modern clothing practices: Pieter van der Borcht, ‘Kragenatelier’, 1545-1608. Rijksmuseum, RP-P-BI-2370.