"Fashion, Culture and Justice: A NYFW Dialogue"

September 11, 2017

Location: Tishman Auditorium, The New School, New York 

Taking place during the fashion industry's highlight week in New York, this event will serve to identify, address, and deepen our understanding of the social and systemic issues that challenge and pervade the fashion system. Topics that will be the focal point of this solutions-based discussion will include cultural appropriation and cultural sensitivity, and what fashion makes possible in a tense political climate. 

Kim Jenkins, part-time lecturer at Parsons School of Design, will moderate a panel discussion with change makers of color in fashion:

Elaine Welteroth, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue

Aurora James, Creative Director of Brother Vellies

Amy Farid, Fashion industry hairstylist

Anastasia Garcia, Photographer and body positive activist 

This event is free and open to the public, and made possible through the support of CHROMAT and the School of Fashion at Parsons.

Part of The Nth Degree Series: Creative Minds Creating Change.

Event poster image: Rachel Cassandra Gibbons

Event photos: Jonathan Grassi

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"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Professor Kim Jenkins"

September 7, October 10 and November 13, 2017

All events: 6–8 PM

Location: Design Center Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Pratt Institute’s Fashion Department presents its fourth annual fall lecture series entitled, “Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Professor Kim Jenkins.” Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with esteemed and emerging influencers in fashion, culture and design, highlighting crucial topics and achievements in the world of fashion. All events and event receptions are free and open to the public. Space is limited. 

September 7: "Between the Lines, Behind the Scenes: Documenting the Culture of Fashion"

A conversation with Marjon Carlos and Hailey Gates

"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins" kicks off a new season, featuring two journalists who are reporting the dramatic shifts in globalized fashion culture through freelance writing and television production, respectively. Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with Marjon Carlos, freelance writer and former Senior Writer at Vogue (U.S.) and Hailey Gates, model and host of the Viceland series, “States of Undress”, to explore new ways of documenting the culture of fashion, addressing issues frequently overlooked in the media. 

October 10: "Shifting the Paradigm of Fashion: NEST & OXOSI"

A conversation with Rebecca Van Bergen, Kolade Adeyemo and Akin Adebowale

"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins" presents the second talk of the 2017 season, continuing to explore the dramatic shifts in globalized fashion culture. We pursue the following questions: “How can fashion continue to sustain itself? What needs to change effectively in the fashion system?” Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with Rebecca Van Bergen, founder of Nest and Kolade Adeyemo and Akin Adebowale, founders of Oxosi, to show new ways of producing fashion that commit to economic change and elevate the work of global designers, respectively. 

November 13: "Designer Profile: Sarah Aphrodite"

A conversation with Sarah Aphrodite and Jennifer Minniti, Chair of Pratt Fashion

"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins" presents its final talk of the 2017 season, highlighting a designer who threads intuition and innovation throughout her fashion practice, Sarah Aphrodite. Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will be joined by Jennifer Minniti, Chair of Pratt Fashion, to reflect upon the needs and potential of a fashion system in flux, proposing exciting futures through Sarah Aphrodite’s work as a study. 

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"Front of House/Back of House: Fashion Curators and Conservators", an intimate panel discussion

August 1, 2017

Location: Private residence, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

As fashion exhibitions rise in popularity, what goes on behind the scenes to make these possible? What's at stake when historical context and materiality merge through the curatorial and conservation dialogue? Join the editors of The Fashion Studies Journal for an eye-opening conversation with some of the top conservators and curators in the field of fashion: Sarah Scaturro from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, Colleen Hill from The Museum at FIT and Emily Orr from The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. This is an exclusive event held in a private home in brownstone Brooklyn; refreshments will be served and seating is limited. Guests will come away with an increased appreciation and broadened perspective of how a museum's 'back of the house' sets the stage for today's world-renowned fashion exhibitions.

Proceeds from this event benefited the operational costs for The Fashion Studies Journal.


"Dior and I", part of Film and Design: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry

February 17, 2016

Location: Design Center Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

As part of the Pratt School of Design Spring Film Series, I presented the timely and thoughtful film, "Dior and I" (Frédéric Tcheng, 2014). A screening of the film along with a Q&A with director Frédéric Tcheng (who has also directed the film, "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel")  sought to encourage a more broad appreciation of the art of couture as well as an acknowledgement of the creative end financial pressure placed upon the world's most celebrated designers. This event was developed for our design students and was free and open to the public. 


"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Professor Kim Jenkins"

September 1st through November 18th, 2015

From Pratt Institute:

Pratt Institute’s Fashion Department presents its fourth annual fall lecture series entitled, “Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Professor Kim Jenkins.” Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with esteemed and emerging influencers in fashion, culture and design, highlighting crucial topics and achievements in the world of fashion. All events and event receptions are free and open to the public. Space is limited. 

All events: 6–8 PM
Pratt Institute Brooklyn Campus


Fashion Studies Journal presents: "Fashion & Spinach"

June 26th, 2015

From Women's Wear Daily:

Alumnae of The New School’s Parsons School of Design’s fashion studies masters program held a dinner in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on Friday evening with the intent of creating an independent New York collective of young fashion sociologists, historians and academics. The hosts — fashion academics and former schoolmates Laura Snelgrove, Lauren Downing Peters, Anya Kurennaya, Kim Jenkins and Rachel Kinnard — self-publish The Fashion Studies Journal and feel that while these types of fashion-centric circles exist elsewhere in the world, the concept has yet to permeate the New York social-scholastic landscape.


"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Professor Kim Jenkins"

September 17th through November 19th, 2014

From Pratt Institute:

Pratt Institute’s Fashion Department presents its annual fall lecture series entitled, “Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Professor Kim Jenkins.” Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with esteemed and emerging influencers in fashion, culture and design, highlighting crucial topics and achievements in the world of fashion. All events and event receptions are free and open to the public. Space is limited. 

All events: 6–8 PM
Pratt Institute Brooklyn Campus


"Stephen Burrows: An Intimate Interview"

June 19th, 2013

From Museum of the City of New York:

Join acclaimed groundbreaking designer Stephen Burrows in conversation with Kim Jenkins, Parsons Fashion Studies MA graduate, about the new exhibition Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced, on Wednesday, June 19.

Mr. Burrows will discuss the downtown scene in 1970s New York City, his pioneering style, and how his vibrant colors, metallic fabrics, and slinky silhouettes helped define the look of the disco generation.