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I research Scottish court culture (late medieval/early modern), and the history of dress and textiles, and I am particularly interested in material culture as a means of building and displaying personal and relational identities (e.g., livery, mourning). I have extensive experience in designing and constructing historical garments for museums and education. I currently work with Open Virtual Worlds, making virtual reconstructions of historic sites and objects to preserve and transmit heritage.
While the Scottish royal household participated in the wider development of mourning traditions in the late fifteenth century and employed mourning dress as a political tool from at least the turn of the sixteenth century, surviving evidence is extremely limited. Records for the funerals of Queens Madeleine de Valois ( d. 1537) and Margaret Tudor (...
This thesis examines the use of meaningful and symbolic dress at the late medieval Scottish royal court, arguing that group displays of colour-coded clothing, exemplified by livery and mourning dress, played key political roles both in the day-to-day functioning of the court and royal household and at large-scale ceremonial events. The discussion t...