Kim Jenkins - Visiting Assistant Professor
Kim JenkinsVisiting Assistant Professor
Steuben Hall 2
14/SP-FASD-208-02 Contemporary Fashion
14/SP-FASD-208-01 Contemporary Fashion
14/SP-FASD-208-03 Contemporary Fashion
Education: M.A. Fashion Studies, Parsons The New School for Design
As a graduate of the emerging field of Fashion Studies, Kim analyzes fashion as both object and theory in the shaping of culture and identity. Prior to moving to New York in her pursuit of becoming an “anthropologist of fashion”, Kim earned a B.A. in cultural anthropology and art history from the University of Texas at Arlington, and interned as a curatorial assistant for the Dallas Museum of Art's first two fashion exhibitions, “African Headwear: Beyond Fashion” and “From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier”. 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 a student-run fashion publication for the MA Fashion Studies program entitled 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, which investigated the role clothing and cosmetics play in transforming the self in effort to attain the psychological trait of resilience. Outside of academia, Kim publishes articles on the blurred boundaries between fashion, art and culture, and shares her passion for exploring why we wear what we wear through speaking engagements throughout the city.