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


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I am an Associate Professor in the School of Fashion. I hold a PhD in Art History from Queen’s University, where my dissertation focused on Aesthetic dress in Victorian culture in relation to art discourses and design reform. I have published work on tea-gowns, artistic and alternative forms of dress in the print culture of the nineteenth century as well as clothing practices of the suffrage movement in Britain.

Recent Professional Projects

Current research examines the complex intersections between academic Feminism and the histories and theories of fashion, visual culture and the body, from the late nineteenth century to the present. In support of this research, I was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development grant for my project Fashioning Feminism: Women, Clothing, Art and Power in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century British Culture.

Publications & Exhibitions

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

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 (accepted—expected publication date, 2016)

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

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.

Wahl, Kimberly, and Alison Matthews David. “‘Matthew Cuthbert Insists on Puffed Sleeves’: Ambivalence Towards Fashion in Anne of Green Gables,” in Anne of Green Gables: New Directions at 100, edited by Irene Gammel and Benjamin Lefebvre, 35-49. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

Previous MRPs Supervised

"Content and Demographic Discrepancies that Exist Between Women’s Fashion Magazines and their Corresponding Websites" by Lauren Watson. 2015.

"Searching for Schreiner: A Detailed Investigation of the Schreiner Jewelry Company (1932-75)." by Eve Townsend. 2014.

"The Re-collection of the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection" by Ingrid Mida. 2013.

"The Semi-Nude and Collapsing Female Figure: Sexuality in the Aesthetic Paintings of Albert Moore and Edward Burne-Jones" by Meaghan Collins. 2012.

"Truth to Nature: Pre-Raphaelite Dress in Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture" by Marta Heinrich. 2012.

Program Streams: 

Fashion Communication

Fashion Design

MA Fashion