Rachel Elspeth Gross
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Teaching Artist/Instructor: Guest Speaker for Schools/Classrooms, Multi-Day Artist Residency for Schools/Classrooms, Private Lessons for Adults, Private Lessons for Kids, Workshop Presenter for Schools/Classrooms; Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Guest Speaker for Schools/Classrooms, Illustration, Jewelry, Literary Arts, Mixed Media, Multi Arts, Multi-Day Artist Residency for Schools/Classrooms, Painting, Performers and Writers, Private Lessons for Adults, Private Lessons for Kids, Teaching Artist/Instructor, Textiles, Visual Arts, Workshop Presenter for Schools/Classrooms
Rachel Elspeth Gross is a fashion historian and writer; her work focuses on apparel/costume history from between 1800 CE and today. Rachel’s research is focused on the stories behind names, houses, and brands, with an emphasis on people who have been left out of history (which unfortunately happens a lot to people of color, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women.) All of Rachel’s research is focused on the stories behind the names, houses, brands, and trends that affect what people wear and why they wear it.
Since 2018, Rachel has run her popular blog, Today’s Inspiration. Focused on the history of apparel and the people who have affected that industry. Drawing more than 34,000 loyal, individual readers every day; Rachel’s ever-growing audience includes some of the biggest names in Fashion, Haute Couture, Fashion Journalism, and the academic end of Fashion History. Her work has been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, the New York Times, 1stDibs, Italian Harper’s Bazaar, The Seattle Times, The National News, and Vintage Woman magazine. In 2020 she began the Instagram Live series Couture Kibbitz with vintage fashion pioneer Cameron Silver. In 2021 Rachel accepted the position of Head Fashion Historian at the Little Red Fashion Company, the world’s first-ever fashion education start-up for kids and young adults. In 2022 she became head of the Fashion History Department at Fashion Constellate, a vintage sales and research platform.
A formally trained designer in her own right, in her spare time Rachel recreates 19th century ball gowns from scratch.