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Kimberly Jenkins

Kim Jenkins

Assistant Professor, Fashion Studies  


  • MA Fashion Studies, Parsons

Kimberly Jenkins is Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University, lecturing previously at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. An educator specializing in fashion history and theory, Kim became best known for designing an elective course and exhibition entitled, ‘Fashion and Race,’ and has shared her insights at SXSW and Google HQ. Her expertise on fashion, race and cultural awareness led to advising work for Gucci, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Centraal Museum and The Met Costume Institute (forthcoming). Kim is the founder of The Fashion and Race Database (, external link), an an online platform filled with open-source tools that expand the narrative of fashion history and challenge mis-representation within the fashion system.

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