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Kimberley Foy

Dress and Diplomacy at the Early Stuart Court

Dress and Diplomacy at the Early Stuart Court in the Department of History



A historian of early Stuart diplomacy, Kimberley graduated with an MPhil in Early Modern History from Trinity College Dublin in 2013. Her dissertation on non-verbal communication at the Jacobean and Caroline courts examined the practice of ‘hat honour’, an essential facet of diplomatic choreography in the early Stuart period. She is currently a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar in Visual Culture at Durham University, where she is more widely considering the relationship between dress and diplomatic interaction at the Stuart court. 

As her project sits at the intersection between curatorship and academic research, a key goal is to conduct object-based analysis as part of her project. This approach is informed by her previous role as a consultant curator with the Little Museum of Dublin producing short historical monographs, and curating public exhibitions and a seminar series, the Dublin Lectures. 

Kimberley currently serves as Assistant Editor with the Journal of Dress History, and Outreach Officer with MEMSA (the Medieval and Early Modern Student Asociation) Durham.