About Me

I'm Katy, a fashion and textile historian specializing in the early modern period, an enthusiastic performer, and all around creative type who loves to play dress up and can't seem to stop buying books. I have a deep passion for everything I do, from quietly reading about eighteenth-century fashion to singing an aria in a huge auditorium. I have a BA in Dramatic Arts with a minor in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (class of 2011), and an MA in Visual Culture: Costume Studies from New York University (class of 2013). I have worked at several museums including the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Chicago History Museum. In 2012, I spent a year creating a new archive for Judith Leiber, taking on the roles of archivist, collections manager, and curator. My research interests include the interplay of politics, philosophy, and design with a focus on eighteenth-century French and English fashion and textiles and the history of ballet costuming.

If you'd like to know more about me and the various things I do, please visit my website at www.katywerlin.com.