I'm a fashion historian who believes old clothing can help us explore a better relationship with our bodies. I offer personal styling services—with a touch of vintage flair—for people struggling with body image.
VIRGINIA KNIGHT is a fashion historian who believes that old clothes can help us explore better relationships with our bodies.
She is deeply invested in interrogating the relationship between fashion and the body and is uniquely positioned to do so, with her extensive experience in the field of fashion history.
Virginia received her Master’s in Dress and Textile Histories from the University of Glasgow (Scotland) in 2016, where she graduated with honors. Previously, she attended the University of North Carolina Asheville and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's in History in 2015.
She has been published in academic journals, presented at university conferences, and received awards for her scholarly research, which focuses on 20th century women’s fashion. Virginia also writes extensively – not just about fashion history, but about the relationship between fashion and the body. Her work has been published everywhere from Racked to The Fashion Studies Journal, and many places in between.
Virginia’s work experience spans libraries and archives to world famous museums. She completed a work placement at Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England, the world’s leading museum of art and design, where she worked hands on with historic clothing at the museum’s Clothworkers’ Centre. Virginia has also worked in the archives at the Biltmore Estate (the largest home in America) in Asheville, NC and sewed period-accurate clothing for historic interpreters at The Atlanta History Center (Atlanta, GA).
Her training as a fashion historian lends well to her career selling vintage clothing. Virginia run her own online vintage shop and works with partners selling everything from Victorian corsets to contemporary designer vintage. She works hands-on with historic clothing, in some capacity, every single day.
Perhaps most importantly, she was voted “Best Dressed” of Lakeside High School Class of 2011, an honor Virginia considers the start of her fashion career.
I have always loved clothing. Shopping, outfit planning, and personal style have always been a huge part of my life. Growing up, my room was plastered wall-to-wall (like a true 90s kid) with editorials from fashion magazines, and I frequently wore tutus and other elaborate “dress up” clothes to school.
I started wearing vintage clothing in high school, and it was around this time (with college decisions looming) that I realized how much I love history. With that came the revelation that I really didn’t care about contemporary fashion: I was much more interested in fashions of the past.
But underlying all of this was a deep discomfort with my body.
I was sure this could be fixed by changing my body. I went on my first diet in high school, and I was baffled when I lost weight and still didn’t feel better. I assumed the only thing to do was to continue dieting. This went on until my junior year of college, when (with the help of supportive friends) I realized I needed professional help. I was diagnosed with an eating disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder and began the work of recovery.
I have lived most of my life letting my issues with my body dictate how I got dressed, which made a fun and creative process pretty terrible. It wasn’t until graduate school, as I was working towards a degree in Fashion History and had spent several years in therapy, that I started to see my area of academic study and my relationship to my body as connected.
My unique background helped me realize that I could use my knowledge of fashion history to help me get dressed, and I haven’t thought about the clothing the same way since. I still have my rough days now and again, but I have more “tools” in my tool kit than ever before.
That’s the “why” behind my business and why I want to help you get dressed.
I would be honored to help you break free of fashion rules, create a wardrobe that represents you, and to hold space for your relationship with your body along the way.