• Francesca Granata

    Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies


    Francesca Granata is Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design. Her research centers on 20th century and contemporary visual and material culture with a particular focus on fashion history and theory, gender and performance studies. Her monograph Experimental Fashion, Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017) examines the way experimental fashion at the turn of the twenty-first century mediated shifting gender norms and the AIDS crisis.
    She has published in the journals Fashion Theory, The Journal of Design History and Fashion Practice, in magazines such The Atlantic, as well as in a number of book collections and exhibition catalogues. She is the editor and founder of the non-profit journal Fashion Projects (, a fiscally sponspored project by the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has been invited to lecture in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, the Benaki Museum, Athens, and the Somerset House, as well as universities and design schools, such as Cornell University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and  IUAV Venezia, She co-curated "Ethics + Aesthetics" the first American exhibition exploring the interconnection between fashion and sustainability and co-wrote the  accompanying exhibition catogue
    Prior to coming to Parsons she taught in the Visual Arts Department at Goldsmiths College and at NYU’s Visual Arts department. She has received fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Arts and the University of the Arts London, and grants from the Coby Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 

    Degrees Held:

    PhD, Visual and Material Culture, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

    MA, Cinema and Media Studies, Tisch , NYU

    BA Art History, Tufts University

    BFA Visual Arts, Tufts University 

    Recent Publications:

    Single-Authored Books 

    Experimental Fashion:  Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body, London and New York: I.B. Tauris, February 2017
    o Shortlisted for the Costume Society of America Millia Davenport Publication Award
    Edited Books 
    An Anthology of Fashion Criticism (in contract), London and New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2019
    Exhibition Catalogue
    with Sarah Scaturro • Ethics + Aesthetics = Sustainable Fashion with Sarah Scaturro. Pratt Manhattan Gallery: New York, 2010
    Refereed Journal Articles 
    “Fashioning Cultural Criticism: An Inquiry into Fashion Criticism and its Delay in Legitimization,” reviewed and accepted, published online April 2018, forthcoming in print Fashion Theory, 2019
    “Deconstruction Fashion: Carnival and the Grotesque,” The Journal of Design History, volume 26, number 2 (May 2013): 182-198
    “Fashion Studies In-Between: A Methodological Case Study and an Inquiry into the State of Fashion Studies” Fashion Theory, volume 16, number 1 (March 2012): 67-82.
    Articles in Books 
    “Between Performance and Performativity: Leigh Bowery’s collaboration with Michael Clark and Charles Atlas,” in Fashion Performance and Performativity edited by Andrea Kollnitz and Marco Pecorari, forthcoming from Bloomsbury
    “Afterward” to Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino’s Marchesa Casati: Infinite Variety The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, November 2017
    “Fitting Sources – Tailoring Methods: A Case-Study of Martin Margiela and the Temporalities of Fashion” in Fashion Studies: Research Methods, Sites and Practices, in Heike Jenss ed., London: Bloomsbury, 2016
    “Mikhail Bakhtin: Fashioning the Grotesque Body” in Thinking Through Fashion: A Guide to the Key Theorists, in Agnes Rocamora and Anneke Smelik ed., London: I.B. Tauris, 2015
    Edited Journals 
    Fashion Projects, number 5 (forthcoming 2018), on Fashion Curation
    Fashion Projects, number 4 (2013), on Fashion Criticism 
    Fashion Projects, number 3 (2010), on Fashion and Memory
    Fashion Projects, number 2  (2008), on Art and Fashion Collectives, and Collaboration 
    Fashion Projects, number 1 (2005), on Authenticity and Forgery
    Articles in Exhibition Catalogues 
    Fashion Unbound” in Clash: Counterculture in Fashion, Denmark: Horning Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014
    Decentering Fashion: Carnival, Performance and the Grotesque Body,” Not a Toy: Radical Character Design in Fashion and Costume, in Vasisilis Zidianakis ed., Berlin and Athens: Atopos Contemporary Visual Culture and Pictoplasma, October 2011
    Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus, co-authored with Ingeborg Hams and Sue-an Van der Zijpp accompanying Willhelm and Krauss’ retrospective at the Groninger Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. NAI Publishers: Amsterdam, 2010

    Articles in Magazines  (selected)

    The Alienating Garments of Rei Kawakubo,” The Atlantic, May 7, 2017

    “Consider the Garment” An Interview with Paola Antonelli, Disegno, number 16, 2017



    Research Interests:

    fashion history, fashion theory, gender studies, performance studies, fashion curation, sustainability