About Me


Lisa VandenBerghe

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

My career in costume design officially began in 2003 – the same year that I graduated with honors from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco, California. In 2013, I achieved my BA in History, also with honors, from Arizona State University. On a never-ending quest to learn-all-the-things, I will soon graduate Concordia University with my Master’s degree in History as well. Will a PhD follow? Who knows.

I do high quality work, with great attention to detail, and easily work collaboratively.

As both a presenter and attendee, I participate in historical costuming events, scholarly conferences, and educational organizations around the world. I seek out opportunities to volunteer in my community. My most recent volunteer activities were at Concordia University where I served 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 recently returned to my west-coast origins, I have lived in Paris, France and Montreal, Canada, but not-so-secretly yearn for a return to Europe.