• Kimberly Jenkins

    Part-time Lecturer


    Kim Jenkins is a New York-based educator and recent graduate of the M.A. Fashion Studies program at Parsons The New School for Design. Prior to her studies at Parsons, Kim interned as a curatorial assistant for the Dallas Museum of Art’s first two fashion exhibitions, “African Headwear: Beyond Fashion” and “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”. During her time at Parsons, Kim co-curated with her classmates New York’s first-ever fashion exhibition on the work of designer Giorgio di Sant’Angelo and subsequently co-founded two student-run fashion publications sponsored by the M.A. Fashion Studies program: Fashion Studies Journal and BIAS: The Journal of Dress Practice. In May 2013, Kim presented her master’s thesis, "That Was My Veil”: Sartorial and Cosmetic Constructions of Resilience in Divorced Women, which investigated the role clothing and cosmetics play in transforming the self in effort to attain the psychological trait of resilience. Kim's next endeavor is an undergraduate course and edited book entitled, Fashion and Race (2016), which will examine fashion and the social construct of race, investigating visibility and power, aesthetics and difference.

    Degrees Held:

    M.A. Fashion Studies, Parsons The New School for Design

    B.A. Anthropology with a minor in Art History, University of Texas at Arlington

    Professional Affiliations:

    Member, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

    Recent Publications:

    Sample publications:

    “The Next Movement”, ADDRESS: Journal for Fashion Criticism (September 2014).

    “The Coups de Coeur of Barbara Berger: A Narrative of Adornment”, Art Jewelry Forum (October 2013).

    “Fashioning a Rite of Passage”, BIAS: The Journal of Dress Practice. Parsons The New School for Design: New York, NY (May 2013)

    Works in progress:

    Fashion and Race: A Discourse on Difference and Visibility in the World of Fashion, edited by Kimberly M. Jenkins and Shannon Bell Price (Bristol: Intellect Books)

    Performances and Appearances:

    March, 2016: "She Wants Revenge: Fashioning Resilience Upon the Lovelorn Celebrity Body", an anticipated paper for the 2016 National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Seattle, Washington

    December, 2015: "The Future of NYC Fashion Education", panelist speaker, part of Not Just A Label's New York Forum

    November, 2015: "Adam Selman in conversation with Kim Jenkins", part of Pratt Institute's "Fashion Talks"

    October, 2015: "The New Menswear" (Kim Jenkins in conversation with Telfar Clemens, Felix Burrichter of PIN-UP and Michael Bullock of Fantastic Man), part of Pratt Institute's "Fashion Talks"

    September, 2015: "Fashion and Cultural Appropriation" (Kim Jenkins in conversation with fashion scholar Minh-ha T. Pham and Adrienne Keene of Native Appropriations), part of Pratt Institute's "Fashion Talks"

    September, 2015: "Documenting Fashion" (Kim Jenkins in conversation with V Magazine senior editor Katharine K. Zarrella, fashion scholar Elyssa Dimant and photographer David Needleman), part of Pratt Institute's "Fashion Talks"

    June, 2015: Fashion Studies Journal presents "Fashion & Spinach"

    Research Interests:

    ethnography, dress and identity, material culture, fashion theory, fashion and psychology, globalization and consumption