I'm Sarah Finley Purdy.
I'm a fashion historian based in Philadelphia. Holding a BA in history from Kent State University and an MA in Fashion and Textile History from the Fashion Institute of Technology, I have been passionately working within museums and archive collections for the majority of my career. My experience includes the Coach archive, the Calvin Klein archive, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel.
I have always enjoyed engaging with peoples' stories, and the history behind material culture is what drives my work forward. Matters of sustainability in fashion are at the forefront of my mind and my research currently focuses on modern day slavery within the garment industry. I am also pursuing a continuation of my master's thesis exploring the historical dissemination of high fashion to multiple tiers of socioeconomic class in the Midwest.
It is my hope that with this blog I can explore these issues further amongst a community of people who value what they wear and why they wear it. It's time for a new look. x