“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
Kim specializes in the sociocultural and historical influences behind why we wear what we wear, specifically addressing how politics, psychology, race and gender shapes the way we ‘fashion’ our identity. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, Part-time Lecturer at Parsons School of Design and amongst the pioneering cohort of graduates from the MA Fashion Studies program at Parsons. In Fall 2016, Kim debuted the path breaking undergraduate course “Fashion and Race” at Parsons, examining the implications of the social construct of race in fashion history, business and image-making. Kim’s expertise has been called upon by Refinery29, New York Magazine, Not Just a Label and her work as an educator has been profiled by NYLON magazine (2017). Since 2014, Kim has been the host and co-organizer of “Fashion Talks” at Pratt Institute, interviewing luminaries the likes of Becca McCharen (founder of CHROMAT), designers Adam Selman and Telfar Clemens, author Simon Doonan, model and activist Yomi Abiola, Katharine Zarrella (founder of Fashion Unfiltered) and photographer David Needleman, to name a few.
Kim’s work as a fashion scholar was grounded by a curatorial internship for the Dallas Museum of Art’s two first-ever fashion exhibitions, “African Headwear: Beyond Fashion” and “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”, and strengthened through freelance fashion writing for Portable.tv along with subsequent speaking engagements around New York City, which has included a conversation with fashion design legend Stephen Burrows for the Museum of the City of New York. In 2016, Kim relaunched her graduate peer project, The Fashion Studies Journal, which today provides an accessible writing platform and social space for emerging fashion scholars. In 2017, Kim will expand her teaching platform into the public realm, further developing her co-led project, “The Fashion and Race Syllabus”, and hosting talks and workshops throughout the city. Kim’s first workshop will be entitled, “Fashion & Justice”, taught alongside her colleague Jonathan Michael Square.