Kimberly Wahl

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director

BA Psychology, York University

BFA Visual Arts, York University

MA Art history, University of Western Ontario

PhD Art History, Queen's University

Phone: 416-979-5000

Ex. 7066


KHW 059 G


Dr. Kimberly Wahl holds a PhD in Art History from Queen’s University, where her dissertation focused on artistic dress practices in Victorian Britain. In 2013, she published her first book: Dressed as in a Painting: Women and British Aestheticism in an age of Reform (University Press of New Hampshire). Current research examines the complex intersections between academic Feminism, and the histories and theories of fashion, from the late nineteenth century to the present.

Publications & Exhibitions

Wahl, Kimberly. “Bifurcated Garments and Divided Skirts: Redrawing the Borders of the Sartorial Feminine in Late Victorian Culture.” In Crossing Boundaries: Fashion to Deconstruct and Reimagine Gender. Ben Barry and Andrew Reilly eds. London: Bloomsbury (In Press)

Wahl, Kimberly. “Silencing Fashion in Early Twentieth-Century Feminism: The Sartorial Story of Suffrage.” In Fashion in European Art: Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925, Justine de Young, ed. London: I.B. Tauris, 2017.

Wahl, Kimberly. “Purity and Parity: The White Dress of the Suffrage Movement in early Twentieth-Century Britain.” In Colors in Fashion. Jonathan Faiers and Mary Westerman Bulgarella eds. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.

Wahl, Kimberly. “Picturing the Material/Manifesting the Visual: Aesthetic Dress in Late Nineteenth-Century British Culture.” In Dress History: New Directions in Theory and Practice. Charlotte Nicklas and Annebella Pollen eds. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

Wahl, Kimberly. Dressed as in a Painting: Women and British Aestheticism in an Age of Reform. Durham: University of New Hampshire, 2013.

Wahl, Kimberly. “A Domesticated Exoticism: Fashioning Gender in Nineteenth-Century British Tea Gowns,” in Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion, edited by Ilya Parkins and Elizabeth M. Sheehan, 45-70. University Press of New England, 2011.

Program Streams: 

Fashion Communication

Fashion Design

MA Fashion