Aileen Ribeiro read history at King’s College, University of London and received an MA (1971) and Ph.D (1975) in the History of Dress from The Courtauld Institute of Art. She has been a lecturer in the History of Dress Section since 1973 and professor in the History of Art since 2000. She has written many books and articles on the history of dress, and the most recent book is Fashion and Fiction. Dress in Art and Literature in Stuart England (Yale: 2005). In addition, she has been a costume consultant to major portrait exhibitions in the UK and US, most recently Whistler, Women and Fashion at the Frick Collection, New York (2003).
Aileen Ribeiro is governor of the Pasold Research Fund, which promotes the study of textile history, and is a member of the Advisory Council of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

She is currently working on a book about female beauty and cosmetics, to be published by Yale.


research interests


  • History of dress from the 17th century to the present day, with particular reference to the analysis of dress in art
  • 18th century masquerades
  • The aesthetics of dress and the body
  • Spanish dress as perceived by the English in the early Stuart period


publications Include:

‘The Art of Dress. Fashion in Renoir’s La Loge’ in the exhibition catalogue Renoir at the Theatre: The Loge Paintings

‘Fashion à l’antique. Thomas Hope and Regency Dress’, in the exhibition catalogue
Thomas Hope, Regency Patron: A Passion for the Antique, Bard Graduate Center, New York, 2008

‘Street Style. Dress in John Gay’s Trivia’, in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth Century London: John Gay’s ‘Trivia’, eds. C. Brant & S. Whyman, Oxford University Press