Part-time Assistant Professor
Ann Frank is a fashion, culture, and design historian based in New York. She has worked in the art, fashion, and design industries for over 20 years and began her career working in auction houses at Doyle Galleries and Christie's in New York City. Through her experience as an appraiser of fine furniture, decorations, couture, and fine jewelry, Ms. Frank frequently served as a liaison for private collectors and connoisseurs. In addition, Ms. Frank has been teaching for over a decade and is currently a Part-Time Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Fashion where she teaches fashion history from antiquity through the present. Ms. Frank has been a guest speaker at Pratt, and lectured at the New York School of Interior Design where she taught American and European Design History. She is often called upon as an expert in fashion media for her expertise.
Ann Frank is currently working with LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) and Parsons The New School for Design in a collaboration with the Chinese American Planning Council (CPC), the largest Asian social service organization in the country, called "Fundamentals in Luxury Retail". This unique program aims to educate and train Chinese Americans in New York, including individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, as well as those who have recently immigrated to the United States. Partially funded by the Robin Hood Foundation, the program aims to nurture these individuals to have careers in the fashion industry.
Ann Frank received her undergraduate degree from New York University and earned her Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She was born and raised in Manhattan where the city's vast cultural influences captivated her at a young age. She enjoys visiting Paris, a city with rich history and homage to the past that inspired her areas of specialty, French fashion and decorative arts.
art history,couture,design history,fashion history,fashion studies