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  • Rachel Fenderson

  • Fashion Studies (MA)

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    Rachel Fenderson was born and raised in Queens, New York, to Jamaican parents, and received her BA in English Literature from Hofstra University.

    Her thesis focuses on reintroducing fashion designer Jay Jason Jaxon into Fashion History, American History, and French History. The study of Jay Jaxon as an American couturier, fashion and costume designer, not only fills a gap into the fashion historiography of the 20th and 21st centuries, but it also contributes to the critical discussion on diversity within the fashion industry.

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    • Togetherness

      While the academic experience of the MA Fashion Studies 2021 graduates didn’t go unaffected by the global situation, their final publication Togetherness is a demonstration of their collective and individual efforts. The theses traverse a wide range of topics and show us different ways of thinking about fashion.
    • Palais Galliera: Reframing Fashion for Museums

      MA Fashion Studies students at Parsons Paris rethought the fashion exhibition at the Mona Bismarck American Center with the generous support of famed fashion institution Palais Galliera – Musée de la mode de la Ville de Paris and as part of the Fashion Archives, Politics, and Heritage Lab of Parsons Paris.
    • Fashion Museum of Antwerp (MoMu): Re-Envisioning Fashion Study Collections

      As part of their work with the Fashion Archives, Politics, and Heritage Lab of Parsons Paris, MA Fashion Studies students conducted hands-on work with curators at the Fashion Museum of Antwerp and staged a public exhibit in Paris to share their observations of the museum’s valuable study collection.
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