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  • Philippa Nesbitt '18

  • (Un) Gendering the Runway: Non-Binary Models and New Representations of Identity in the Fashion Industry

    Fashion Studies (MA)

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    Philippa Nesbitt was born and raised in Calgary, Canada, and holds a bachelor degree in Sociology and Critical Studies in Sexuality from the University of British Columbia. Her thesis explores the experience of transgender and gender nonbinary models at a critical  moment of perceived acceptance toward diverse identities in the fashion industry. Questioning the authenticity behind this increased acceptance, Philippa interviews six transgender and nonbinary individuals currently working in the fashion industry and examines existing popular media publications to reveal the complexities of participating in this burgeoning cultural phenomenon.

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      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.
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      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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