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Fashion historian, Edith Cowan University

Lydia is author of the bestselling 'How to Read a Dress: A Guide to changing fashion, 1550-1970', published in 2017 by Bloomsbury. Its follow-up, 'How to Read a Suit', was published in February 2020. These are visual guides to men and women's fashion across five centuries, presented in a highly accessible and visual format underpinned with rigorous academic research. Lydia runs the popular Instagram account @howtoreadadress.


  • –present
    Fashion historian , Edith Cowan University


  • 2010 
    University of Bristol , PhD