Frocks, cowls, signets, and chainmail! Sarah-Grace Heller, Department Chair of the OSU Department of French and Italian, will take us back in history as she talks about the cultural significance, usefulness, and trends of fashion during the Middle Ages. Experience medieval fashion closeup by seeing and trying on garments worn by serfs, knights, and monarchs during the Middle Ages.
Sarah-Grace Heller is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor of French, specializing in medieval French and Occitan literature, language, and material culture. Her publications include Fashion in Medieval France (Boydell, 2007), A Cultural History of Fashion in a Medieval Age (Berg, 2016), and articles related to sumptuary law, crusade literature, the Roman de la Rose, and the semiotics of culture. Her current project is titled Fashion’s Roots across the Romance Routes of the Mediterranean, 400-1300. She is president of the Société Guilhem IX which promotes Occitan scholarship, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Medieval Clothing and Textiles. She has served as director and associate director of OSU's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.