“Dress in general seems… to fulfill a number of social, aesthetic and psychological functions; indeed it knots them together, and can express all simultaneously.”

- Elizabeth Wilson, Adorned in Dreams

Photo credit: Amanda L. Dickinson

Photo credit: Amanda L. Dickinson


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, “African Headwear: Beyond Fashion” and “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”. 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, which investigated the role clothing and cosmetics play in transforming the self in effort to attain the psychological trait of resilience. Upon graduation in 2013, Kim began serving as a part-time lecturer at Parsons School of Design and was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor to the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute. In 2014, Kim accepted the role as organizer and host of "Fashion Talks” at Pratt, a conversation series with luminaries shaping contemporary fashion design and scholarship. Kim's next endeavors include a course taught at Parsons entitled “Fashion and Race” and an expansion of the publication she co-founded, The Fashion Studies Journal.

 

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