Dr. Irmgard Sedler, born in Transylvania in 1951, studied German and Romance languages and literature at the Sibiu Department of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj, followed by postgraduate studies in ethnology and museology in Bucharest. She completed a doctorate in the field of identity and cultural mechanisms in the multi-ethnic area of Transylvania. Until leaving for the Federal Republic of Germany in 1991, she worked as a senior conservator and department director at the Brukenthal National Museum in Hermannstadt/Sibiu, and from 1992 as department head, then director of the museums of the city of Kornwestheim (Museum im Kleihues-Bau, Schulmuseum Nordwürttemberg, Stadtgeschichtliche Sammlungen/Salamander). Sedler retired in 2018. Since 1999, she has served as chairwoman of the supporting association of the Transylvanian Museum Gundelsheim. She has curated numerous exhibitions and museum institutions in Germany, Russia, Romania and Austria and has been a member of several scientific commissions, whose research focus include the history, culture and art of Southeastern Europe.
Research interests: Identity constructions in the mirror of material culture – with a special focus on clothing and fashion, shoe history, habitat, interethnics; other areas of interest include Salamander company history and contemporary art in Germany.
Publications: The Landler in Transylvania. Group identity in the mirror of clothing. Elwert Marburg 2004; Im Zeichen des Salamander. Company history in self-testimonies. Kohlhammer Stuttgart 2014; Noblesse & Raffinement. The courtly shoe in the baroque and rococo periods. Wasmuth Tübingen 2019.