About Me


Lisa VandenBerghe

I officially began my career in costume design in 2003, the same year I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco, California. In 2013, I graduated from Arizona State University with the same high honors in History, and currently attend Concordia University as a History Master’s student with plans to pursue a PhD.

Historical costumes and handcrafts have been passions throughout my life. It has been natural to incorporate them into my independent studies of women’s material culture between 1300-1800. My current research focus is on needlework pattern books of the early modern period.

Professional feedback that I consistently receive recognizes my high quality workattention to detail, and strong ability to work collaboratively.

I participate in historical costuming events and scholarly conferences around the world, and I am active in several educational organizations. My current volunteer activities are at Concordia University where I serve as Treasurer of the Graduate History Students’ Association and as a member of the committee organizing the 2016 History in the Making conference.

An American with west coast origins, I have lived in Paris, France and now reside in Montreal, Canada, but yearn for a return to Europe.