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Dr. Kimberly Wahl

Dr. Kimberly Wahl

Associate Chair and Associate Professor


  • BA Psychology, York University
  • BFA Visual Arts, York University
  • MA Art History, University of Western Ontario
  • PhD Art History, Queen’s University


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.

  • History and Theory of Art and Design
  • Fashion Studies (re: the Body, Gender and the Modern period)
  • History and Theory of Photography
  • Media Studies (re: historical and/or related Feminism)
  • Visual Culture and Critical Theory
  • 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.