Lauren is a founding editor of FSJ and now serves as Editor-in-Chief, splitting her time between Brooklyn and Sweden where she is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Fashion Studies, Stockholm University. Prior to beginning her PhD, Lauren was a member of the first cohort of the MA Fashion Studies program at Parsons School of Design. Her MA thesis – which was later adapted into an article for Fashion Theory – examines how self-proclaimed fat women negotiate fashionability with fat stigma. Her doctoral dissertation, which is tentatively titled, Fashioning the Flesh: Stoutwear and the Discursive Construction of the Fat, Female Body, 1915-1931 (expected June 2018), traces the emergence of the "stoutwear" industry during the interwar period and situates fat, female body as an historically-specific construction of fashion media discourse. Lauren's research has been published in the journals Fashion Theory, Vestoj, Fashion Practice, The Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Textile History, as well as within the edited volumes Global Fashion Brands (2015) and the Encyclopedia of Ethnic Clothing in the United States (2015). Lauren is also a frequent lecturer at Parsons School of Design and Parsons Paris and a blogger for Psychology Today. She also has an internet-famous one-eyed cat named Lemon. Check out Lauren's website, Twitter, and Academia.edu profile.
Laura is a founding editor of FSJ and now serves as Editor-at-Large, working mostly from Montreal, where she writes, researches, and teaches. Laura’s interest in fashion studies began while an undergraduate in Cultural Studies at McGill University, when she realized her Honors essay would be much easier if she chose a topic that didn’t feel like work. An obsessive fashion magazine reader, she settled on a thesis about the transition from illustration to photography as the primary medium of conveying fashion news in Vogue in the period between 1910-1960. Writing that essay opened the door to a whole world of fashion scholarship. Laura first experimented with a few years in indie fashion journalism, and then got serious with an MA in Fashion Studies at Parsons School of Design, where she entered as part of the first cohort in 2012. Learning from amazing teachers and inspiring colleagues, Laura’s MA work focused on fashion and violence, particularly how dress can be used to heal from trauma and rebuild and uphold survivors’ sense of self. Creating an elective called Fashion and Violence, Laura began teaching at Parsons, where she eventually inaugurated the sophomore requirement Introduction to Fashion Studies. More recently, Laura has returned to a practice based in research and writing. Her current major project is a book about The Little Shop, a Montreal vintage institution and creative community hub, excerpts from which will appear on FSJ. She is also pursuing a research interest in fashion and motherhood, which dovetails with her real life as a mom to Theo, a fashion icon in the making.
Sara Idacavage is an archivist, researcher, educator, and writer with a master’s degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons The New School for Design and a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from The University of Georgia. She is currently a part-time instructor at Parsons where she teaches courses on fashion history and research methodologies. In addition to being an editor of FSJ, Sara writes a bi-monthly column for Fashionista titled “Fashion History Lessons”. In the past, Sara has worked as an archivist for prominent American fashion brands as well as The New School Archives and Special Collections. She has also contributed to the peer-reviewed academic journals Fashion Theory, Art Libraries Journal, Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, and BIAS: Journal of Dress Practice. When Sara is not teaching or writing, you can usually find her wandering around museums or listening to David Bowie. Check out Sara's portfolio, blog, and Instagram.
Colleen is a creative instigator and producer based in NYC and originally from the Pacific Northwest. She is a graduate from the MA Fashion Studies program at Parsons School of Design and holds a BA in Magazine Journalism from the University of Oregon. Her graduate thesis entitled, Dark Creatures, Slutty Grannies and Marimach@ Tomboys, explores the complexities of queer feminine dress practices and intersecting identities while offering a critique of second-wave feminist gender theory. Her writing has appeared in magazines, art publications and in a Lambda Award winning anthology and her professional work spans film, television, publishing and digital engagement. She is dedicated to engaging in and supporting new ways of thinking, imagining, and doing that create space for future possibilities. Her project They The Oracle, which focuses on these themes through experimentation and collaboration, will launch in Spring 2017.
Natalie Nudell is a historian and curator of fashion and textiles. She is an adjunct instructor teaching about the history of fashion and textiles at both the Fashion Institute of Technology and Berkeley College in New York. Natalie wrote and produced the forthcoming feature documentary Ruth Finley’s Fashion Calendar (2017). She holds an MA in Visual Culture and Costume Studies from NYU where she was the co-curator and exhibition designer of “Runway Moments: New York Fashion Week,” held at the 80WSE Gallery. Her forthcoming scholarly contributions include “Ruth Finley’s Fashion Calendar” in The Hidden History of American Fashion (Bloomsbury Academic Press), among others.
Julia Valle Noronha is a fashion designer-researcher based in Helsinki. Brazilian born and raised, holds a B.Sc. in Social Communication (2005, UFMG), but soon realized it was through clothes that she made sense of the world. Julia has worked as a fashion designer in Brazil, with experience ranging from experimental fashion and haute couture to street wear, before starting her master studies. Interested in further understanding the space of communication between people and clothes she started a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Poetics/Visual Arts (2014, UFRJ), which led to a doctoral candidature at the Department of Design, Aalto University in Helsinki. At present, she investigates wearer-worn attachments to experimental fashion in a practice led research.
Namkyu Chun is currently a doctoral researcher and a tutor at Aalto University in Finland. By investigating the notion of fashion thinking, his research aims at establishing a dialogue between fashion and design research in order to introduce expanded roles of fashion designers beyond dressing the public. The research stemmed from his international exposures in diverse fields from fashion merchandising to journalism, non-profit fundraising, and design research. In particular, during his MFA in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design, he identified the gap between design and fashion fields. With his doctoral research, he is interested in filling the gap and questioning the boundary of fashion design.
Adelle McElveen is a technologist, fashion theorist, and blogger. She earned a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Her Master’s thesis, titled “Fashion Forward: A New Framework for Understanding Fashion Blogs and Their Niche in the Fashion System,” deployed ethnography and auto-ethnography to contextualize fashion blogs in both the fashion system and the greater media landscape. She has presented her thesis research at the Parsons Symposium and Yale EXPLO in New Haven, CT. Her other research interests include the politics of fashion production and selfies as a vehicle for cultural representation. Professionally Adelle hails from Silicon Valley, and spent a combined five years working at Facebook and Google. She is passionate about start-ups, and has worked at them, written about them, and advised them. Her blog, the Fashionista Lab has been running since 2009.
Kim Jenkins is a New York-based educator and graduate of the M.A. Fashion Studies program at Parsons School of Design. Prior to her studies at Parsons, Kim interned as a curatorial assistant for the Dallas Museum of Art’s first two fashion exhibitions. During her time at Parsons, Kim co-curated with her classmates New York’s first-ever fashion exhibition on the work of designer Giorgio di Sant’Angelo and subsequently co-founded two student-run fashion publications supported by the M.A. Fashion Studies program: Fashion Studies Journal and BIAS: The Journal of Dress Practice. In May 2013, Kim presented her master’s thesis, “That Was My Veil”: Sartorial and Cosmetic Constructions of Resilience in Divorced Women. Upon graduating in 2013, Kim began serving as a part-time lecturer at Parsons School of Design where she developed a course called "Fashion and Race" and was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor to the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute. In 2014, Kim accepted the role as co-organizer and host of "Fashion Talks” at Pratt. Kim's latest endeavor is the online project, “The Fashion and Race Syllabus”.
Elena Wang is a lecturer, writer and consultant whose work engages the intersection of fashion, political economy and gender studies with a focus on sustainability. She developed Pratt Institute’s first course on fashion and sustainability, and teaches fashion and gender politics at Pratt and NYU Gallatin as well. Her current projects include a book manuscript on gender and labor in the high fashion industry, articles on reshoring movements and labor activism in high fashion and consulting work with sustainable lifestyle and media companies. She also covers fashion and sustainable design for publications such as Racked, Refinery29, Cultured Magazine and San Francisco's leading lifestyle outlet 7x7 alongside forays into food journalism. Elena holds her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She knows even more about dark chocolate.
Rachel Kinnard is a writer, curator, and programming coordinator. She is an alumna of Parsons School of Design, where she earned her BFA in Fashion Design and MA in Fashion Studies. Rachel lives in the Echo Park, Los Angeles. Website: www.rachel-kinnard.com
Chloe has a BFA in Performance Production (Cornish College of the Arts), an MFA in Design (Yale School of Drama), an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies (FIT), and is currently a PhD candidate in the American Studies program at Harvard University. She has taught at FIT, Parsons, and Reed College; and is a MacDowell Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. Chloe’s research focuses on the history of men’s suits.
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