• Francesca Granata

    Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies

    Office Location:

    Sheila Johnson Design Center


    Francesca Granata is Director of the MA Fashion Studies and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design. Her research centers on 20th century and contemporary visual and material culture with a particular focus on fashion history and theory, gender and performance studies. Her monograph Experimental Fashion, Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body is forthcoming from I.B. Tauris in 2016 and examines the way experimental fashion of the 1980s and 1990s mediated shifting gender norms and the AIDS crisis.
    She has published in the journals Fashion Theory, The Journal of Design History and Fashion Practice as well as in a number of book collections and exhibition catalogues. She is the editor and founder of the non-profit journal Fashion Projects ( and has been invited to lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, IUAV Venezia, the Benaki Museum, Athens and Cornell University.
    Prior to coming to Parsons she taught in the Visual Arts Department at Goldsmiths College and at NYU’s Visual Arts department, and held a year long fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. She has a particular interest in the interaction of theory and practice and welcomes collaborative proposals.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD, Visual and Material Culture, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

    MA, Cinema and Media Studies, Tisch , NYU

    BA Art History, Tufts University

    BFA Visua Arts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts

    Research Interests:

    fashion history, fashion theory, gender studies, fashion curation, sustainability