Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Emilie Lanthier

MA Candidate
History of fashion and material culture



B.A. (Hons) History and Political Science, Carleton University, 2019


My primary area of research is the intersections of material culture, fashion, and empire in the context of 20th-century European society. Under the supervision of Professor Sandra den Otter, I will focus on material culture and fashion in the British Victorian Empire during the late 19th and early 20th-century. Broadly speaking, I am interested in what fashion's social, political and economic role at the height of British imperialism can tell us about gender, race, and national identities.  In particular, I am using fashion and other forms of visual culture as a means to explore conflicting interpretations of British nationalism, gender hierarchies, perceived racial differences, and constructions of “Otherness” and colonial identities on one hand, and Britain’s relationship with continental Europe, namely France and French fashion, on the other.