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Kimberly Jenkins

Kimberly Jenkins

Kimberly Jenkins

Assistant Professor, Fashion Studies (effective January 2020)


  • MA Fashion Studies, Parsons

Kim joins the School of Fashion from New York City in January 2020, where she is a lecturer, researcher and consultant who 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. Based in New York with a background in cultural anthropology and art history, she is a part-time lecturer at Parsons School of Design, former Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, and amongst the pioneering cohort of graduates from the MA Fashion Studies program, external link at Parsons. In Fall 2016, Kim debuted the undergraduate course ‘Fashion and Race’ at Parsons, examining the implications of the social construct of race in fashion history, business and image-making. In Spring 2019, Kim began work as an education consultant for Gucci to support their efforts on cultural inclusion and diversity. 

Effective January 2020

Digital humanities project, The Fashion and Race Database
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Year: Present
Funded by: Received initial support from The New School’s Innovation in Education Fund The Fashion Studies Alliance
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Year: Present
Role: Co-founding member

October 27-November 1, 2018: Fashion and Race: Deconstructing Ideas, Reconstructing Identities, external link (exhibition), which progresses her work in the classroom.

February 21-May 28, 2018: A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, external link at the New Orleans Museum of Art, supported by Art Jewelry Forum and advisory work

August 14, 2011-January 1, 2012: Intern for the Dallas Museum of Art’s fashion exhibition, African Headwear: Beyond Fashion and

November 13, 2011-February 12, 2012: Intern for the Dallas Museum of Art’s fashion exhibition, the Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Guest lectures at include but not limited to: The New School, The Fashion Institute of Technology, Columbia College Chicago, Seton Hall University and Ryerson University, and she facilitates the traveling workshop and lecture series, ‘Fashion & Justice’ in collaboration with her friend and colleague Jonathan Michael Square (Harvard University).

Websites and publications include but not limited to: VOGUE International, Business of Fashion, New York Magazine, ELLE (Canada), Refinery29, Nikkei, and her work as an educator has been profiled by , external linkNYLON magazine, external link, The Saturday Paper, external link, Fashionista, external link, The Washington Post, external link, I-D and DAZED.

Academic research and writing published in but not limited to: QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, FOAM: Photography Magazine, International Journal of Fashion Studies, The Fashion Studies Journal