Costume Studies Presents: 20th Annual Richard Martin Thesis Symposium

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Please join us to celebrate the creative scholarship of the MA Costume Studies graduating students! The event will feature student research presentations and will culminate in a guest lecture from Kim Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies at Ryerson University and founder of the Fashion and Race Database.

Student Presentations:

Guaranteed to Wrinkle: Linen as Luxury in 1980s Fashion
Emily Elizabeth Lance

The White Suit: A Symbol of Otherness in Brazilian Culture, 1850 to the Present
Victoria Sperotto

Suited for Infamy: The Legacy of Lolita Lebron
Leia Pellot 

Keynote presentation:

Leaving Your Mark in Fashion Studies
Kim Jenkins

Kim is Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University, lecturing previously at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. Kim designed an elective course and exhibition entitled, Fashion and Race, sharing her insight at SXSW and Google HQ. Her expertise on fashion, race and cultural awareness has led to academic advising work for Gucci, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, the Centraal Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the founder and director of The Fashion and Race Database, a web platform that examines the intersection of fashion and racism, with supportive brand partnerships that include Tommy Hilfiger and Holt Renfrew. Kim holds an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design.

Photo credits:
Wilson Batista. January 1951. Photograph. Correio da Manhā Collection at the Brazilian National Archives.
European Confederation of Flax and Hemp, “Linen: The Designer Fiber,” Vogue, Volume 179, Issue 6 (June 1, 1989). The Vogue Archive.
Beaumont, Vagabond. Lolita Lebron. June 8, 2009. Photograph.


9 Apr 2021


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm