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Veronica Isaac

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Research interests

Interdisciplinary Research, centred primarily in Dress History, Theatre History and Material Culture. Specialist in historic Theatre Costume, particularly from the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Research interests

Dr. Veronica Isaac has a background in the museum sector and worked for the Victoria and Albert Museum for ten years. She has also carried out freelance projects for museums and private collections around Britain and lectures widely.

She currently works as a freelance curator, lecturer and writer, and, alongside her work for the University of Brighton teaches at the New York University London and Rose Bruford University.

An interdisciplinary dress historian, her BA was in English Literature and History whilst her MA focused on Museum and Gallery Studies with a specialist pathway in Historic Textiles and Dress. In September 2016 she completed a PhD thesis investigating the personal and theatrical dress of the actress Ellen Terry (1847-1928).

Her particular specialism is the history of dress and theatre costume and dress from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century, but her interests and publications extend beyond this.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton


University of Southampton


University of York


External positions

Lecturer, New York University, London

1 Jan 2018 → …

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Costume Arts & Humanities
Clothing Arts & Humanities
Historic Arts & Humanities
Actresses Arts & Humanities
Aestheticism Arts & Humanities
Wardrobe Arts & Humanities
Opera Arts & Humanities
Methodology Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2011 2018

  • 4 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Other contribution
  • 1 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Ellen Terry & Smallhythe Place, Kent

Isaac, V., 2018, 48 p. National Trust.

Research output: Other contributionResearch

The Enigma of Ellen Terry (1847-1928)

Isaac, V., 14 Nov 2018

Research output: Other contributionResearch

Open Access
Women's History

Walking in Flora and Fauna: A Nineteenth Century Dress and Hat

Isaac, V., 28 May 2018, Fashioned from Nature. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, p. 94-99

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review


‘A Well-Dressed Actress’: Exploring the Theatrical Wardrobe of Ellen Terry (1847-1928)

Isaac, V., 1 Mar 2018, In : Costume. 52, 1, p. 74-96

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Material Culture
Material Culture

Activities 2018 2019

  • 1 Consultancy
  • 1 Editorial work

Studies in Costume and Performance (Journal)

Veronica Isaac (Reviewer)
1 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Curatorial Advice

Veronica Isaac (Consultant)
1 Jul 201830 Sep 2018

Activity: Consultancy