Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies, Art and Design History and Theory
Francesca Granata holds a PhD from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. Her research centers on twentieth century and contemporary visual and material culture with a focus on fashion history and theory, gender studies, and theories of sustainability. Previously, she completed a masters in Cinema and Media Studies at NYUs Tisch School of the Arts, a BA in Art History from Tufts University, and a BFA from the Museum School of Fine Arts. She taught in the visual arts department at Goldsmith College in London, and held the Polaire-Weissman Art History Research Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. In 2009, she co-curated the exhibition "Ethics + Aesthetics" on the interaction between fashion and sustainability at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, which brought together practioners from design and the visual arts including Andrea Zittel and Alabama Chanin. With Sarah Scaturro, she co-authored the catalogue of the same name. She is founder and editor of the non-profit journal Fashion Projects, which was started in New York in 2004 as a platform to highlight the importance of fashion, particularly experimental and "sustainable" fashion in relation to greater visual and material culture. Fashion Projects has previously received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Her publications include the co-authored book Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus, as well as articles in Fashion Theory and Fashion Practice. She is particularly interested in the integration of theory and practice and welcomes collaborative proposals.
curatorial practice,fashion studies,fashion sustainability,visual culture studies