Heike Jenss


Heike Jenss

Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies, Art and Design History and Theory

Office Location:

Sheila Johnson Design Center
  • Email: JenssH@newschool.edu


  • Heike Jenss' research explores fashion as material culture and cultural practice, with an emphasis on identity and individualization processes, as well as consumption in youth culture, retro-styles, vintage dress and the relation of fashion and time. She received her MA and Ph.D. degree with summa cum laude from Dortmund University, where she studied Cultural Anthropology of Textiles at the Institute of Arts and Material Culture. Before joining the faculty of Parsons The New School for Design in 2006, Heike Jenss taught at Dortmund University and worked as a research fellow in the interdisciplinary project Uniformity in Motion: The Process of Uniformity in Body and Dress, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. She has presented at international conferences and contributed articles to numerous publications, including Design Studies: A Reader and the journal Fashion Theory. Her first book "Sixties Dress Only: Mode und Konsum in der Retro-Szene der Mods" published by Campus Verlag in 2007 is based on an ethnographic study of the consumption of 1960s fashion by youth and adolescents in the early 21st century.


    Research Interests:

    cultural studies,fashion history,fashion studies,theory

    Current Courses

    Interpreting Fashion



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