Research into dress and design histories cuts across many of Annebella's interests. She is a member of the University of Brighton's Dress Collective and the international research network based in Paris, 'Appearances, Bodies and Societies'.
Publications include the co-edited collection with Charlotte Nicklas, Dress History: New Directions in Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury, 2015), and research into historical dress reform in publications including The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians (2015); 'The Sartorial Rebirth of Man: Reconsidering the Promise of the Men's Dress Reform Party, 1929-1937' (2016) and 'Utopian Bodies and Anti-Fashion Futures: The Dress Theories and Practices of English Interwar Nudists' (2017).
Research into the sensible shoe as a site of cultural rebellion grew out of Annebella's previous employment as a handmade shoemaker in Devon in the 1990s. Papers on sandal-wearing as a political motif have been shared at two conferences in 2013: Radical Gestures: Designing Protest, Resistance and Refusal (UAL) and The World at Your Feet (Northampton University and Museum). This work resulted in a book chapter, 'Radical Shoemaking from Fabians to Feminists' in 2015 and a short article about Jeremy Corbyn's socks and sandals, 'Dressed to the Left', in Photoworks 24, 2016.
Previous research in this area includes publications on the silhouette as a source for dress history (University of Brighton, 2013) and gender performativity in twenty-first century mass-produced dressing-up costumes for girls (Textile History, 2011).