Emily Spivack - Visiting Assistant Professor
Emily SpivackVisiting Assistant Professor
Steuben Hall 2
13/FA-FASD-345P-03 Contextualizing Fashion
13/FA-FASD-345P-04 Contextualizing Fashion
14/SP-FASD-345P-01 Contextualizing Fashion
Emily Spivack’s work spans culture, fashion, and social innovation. She has spent the past ten years exploring the way that clothing functions from a variety of cultural, historical, and therapeutic perspectives. For six years, she was the Executive Director of Shop Well with You, a New York-based national not-for-profit organization she founded which helps women with cancer improve their body-image and quality of life by using their clothing as a wellness tool. Emily has spent five years collecting stories about clothing and memory from eBay posts for a website she curates, Sentimental Value (http://sentimental-value.com), and she recently had a solo exhibition of the Internet found-art project at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. In 2010, Emily launched Worn Stories (http://wornstories.com), a collection of stories she edits from interesting people about clothing and memory. Worn Stories will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2014. Emily is the creator and writer of the Smithsonian’s only blog about fashion history, drawing from their vast collection and beyond, called Threaded (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/threaded/). Currently, Emily consults for SustainAbility, a think tank focused on the future of sustainable development. She was the editor-in-chief at PopTech, a network of people, conferences, and ideas that are changing the world from 2010-2012. From 2008-2010, Emily was the founding director of Dowser, a media organization highlighting stories about social innovation. Emily has lectured and presented at universities, museums and festivals including New York University, Brown University, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt, Parsons, the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, and the First Person Arts Festival. Emily and her work have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Fast Company’s Co.Design, Brainpickings, Lucky, Glamour, and Ecouterre among other publications.