Lauren Downing Peters, Editor-In-Chief & Co-Founder

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, VestojFashion PracticeThe 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 profilelauren@fashionstudiesjournal.org


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. laura@fashionstudiesjournal.org


Associate Editors

Namkyu Chun, Visual Essays

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.

SARA IDACAVAGE, Histories & From the archives

Sara Idacavage is Brooklyn-based archivist, researcher, educator, and writer with a master’s degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from The University of Georgia. She currently works as the Collections Manager of the Parsons Fashion Study Collection and teaches courses on fashion history at both Parsons and Pratt. In addition to being an editor of FSJ, Sara writes a 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 serving as the Fashion Specialist of The New School Archives and Special Collections. Sara has also contributed to the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, as well as peer-reviewed academic journals that include Fashion TheoryArt Libraries Journal, and Fashion, Style & Popular Culture. When Sara is not teaching or writing, you can usually find her wandering around museums and/or listening to David Bowie. Check out Sara's portfolioblog, and Instagramsara@fashionstudiesjournal.org

Julia Valle Noronha, visual essays

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. julia@fashionstudiesjournal.org

Tessa Maffucci, The Weeklies

Tessa Maffucci is a researcher and educator based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She holds a master’s degree in Fashion Studies and Digital Humanities from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York and a bachelor’s degree from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her research focuses on fashion and digital media, with a strong interest in labor, material culture and identity. Her master's thesis was titled "Fashioning Desire at B. Altman & Co: Ethics and Consumer Culture in Early Department Stores," in which she explored the origins of mass-produced fashion culture and the department store's contribution to the fashion industry today. She worked with Dr. Eugenia Paulicelli on the development of the Fabric of Cultures research and pedagogical lab and also developed The NYC Fashion Index, a collaborative Digital Humanities project mapping the distribution of New York Fashion Week using data from Instagram's API. Her writing has appeared in publications including Architectural DigestWhitehot Magazine and The Bensonhurst Review. She currently teaches fashion history and theory at Pratt Institute. Check out Tessa's website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Colleen siviter, What we're wearing & reviews

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. colleen@fashionstudiesjournal.org



KIM JENKINs, contributing writer & Co-Founder

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.” 

Rachel Kinnard, Contributing Writer and Illustrator

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


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