About Me

Lisa VandenBerghe

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

As a real estate broker with Windermere Real Estate in Bellevue, Washington, I use my broad experience and skill-set to assist clients with smooth and successful transactions. I use the research skills I honed during my Master’s degree program, the cat-herding skills I picked up working in the arts to keep all the balls in the air, and find the answers needed. My affinity for history means I always find a story in the places and homes I work with.

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 also graduated Concordia University with my Master’s degree in History.

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 are making costumes and helping with research for Seattle Historical Arts for Kids.

An American recently returned to my west-coast origins, I have lived in San Francisco, California, Paris, France and Montreal, Canada, but I not-so-secretly yearn for a return to Europe.