Rachel Silberstein



Rachel Silberstein is a historian of visual/material culture and gender in early modern China, with a particular interest in women’s engagement with fashion and textile handicrafts. She earned a DPhil in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford (2014) and was previously ACLS / Henry Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently finishing a book manuscript, Embroidered Ladies: Fashion and Commerce in Nineteenth-Century China (advance contract with University of Washington Press), which combines texts and objects to investigate how handicraft commercialization changed women’s engagement with fashion during the mid-late Qing period.

Selected Publications

“Cloud Collars and Sleeve Bands: Fashion and Commercial Embroidery in Mid-Late Qing China”, Fashion Theory (March 2017), 21.3

“Eight Scenes of Suzhou: Landscape Embroidery and Urban Courtesans in Nineteenth- Century China”, Late Imperial China (June 2015), 36.1

Review of China: Through the Looking Glass (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015), October 2016 CAA.Reviews


  • Oxford University, DPhil, Oriental Studies, 2014