About Me

The goal of my work is to build bridges to the past, to create an easily approachable path for anyone to obtain historical clothing and fashion information. 

Hi, my name is Marion McNealy, and I’m an author, dress and fashion historian, researcher, maker and History Butterfly. Like a butterfly flying from one flower to another, I flit from researching and writing about the fashions and clothes of Germany and Austria in the 15th and 16th centuries, over to studying the clothes and fashions around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries. The goal of my work is to build a bridge to the past, to create an easily approachable path for anyone to obtain historical clothing and fashion information. 

I have a Patreon where I post my research in progress and give behind the scenes glimpses into my work. I can be contacted at marion DOT mcnealy AT gmail DOT com.

I’ve written and published five books so far, and while these books have been an important part of my work, they are just a fraction of all I’ve been doing behind the scenes, including  researching and reconstructing the 15th century Lengberg finds, and using 3D modeling to test out the new historical sewing patterns that I’ve been designing.

Books Published So Far….

I currently have FIVE books which are in various stages of completion, three of them which are almost finished except for writing the introduction…

Books in Progress

Books in Progress:

  • Flags of the Holy Roman Empire 1545
  • Jost Amman’s Landsknechts
  • Town and Country 1517-1550
  • Schwabach Master Tailors Book
  • Fashions of the Ancestors: A Look at Fashion Worldwide Through the Photographer’s Lens 1840-1910

Patterns and Other Projects

I’m also working on creating historical and historically inspired sewing patterns for men, women and children. I’m drafting them digitally and using CLO-3D to test out the patterns. It’s a fun project and I’m super excited about it.