Charleston, Beth

Beth Charleston
MA, Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles, The Fashion Institute of Technology
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Fashion History, Parsons School of Design; Acting Curator, Parsons Fashion Archive

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Areas of Expertise:
Fashion History, American Fashion, Fashion and Film
Beth Charleston teaches Fashion History at Parsons, and also curates the Parsons Fashion Archive, a collection of nearly 10,000 garments. Her current research centers on the role of female designers in shaping American Fashion Formerly the manager of the Calvin Klein Archives, Charleston also worked as a research associate at the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Charleston is regularly called upon to comment on the relationship between fashion history and current fashion trends in media outlets such as the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal online and The Daily Beast. She is also a consultant for emerging fashion markets and has worked with Caribbean Fashion Week and Bulgarian Fashion Week.
Courses Taught:
  • Fashion History Survey
  • History, Culture, Society
  • Fashion Topics: The Body
Recent Publications:
Curator, Sophie Gimbel: Fashioning American Couture, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design (January 22 – February 12, 2013)

London Fashion Week Colloquia, London College of Fashion, Session chairperson, speaker, Demure to Deviant: Ladylike Fashion in the 20th Century

Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge University, England, Debater for winning proposition “This House Believes that Fashion is Elitist”

Art Institute of Philadelphia, Fashion Marketing Professional Advisory Committee

Fashion Group International, Philadelphia, Board Member

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