Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Director of Continuing Education in SPACE
Sheila Johnson Design Center
Melinda first joined Parsons in 2004 as part of the core faculty who taught the experimental first-year course “Laboratory,” in what was then called Core Studies/Foundation. Since then she has taught additional courses in Core Studies/Foundation, the Strategic Design & Management program, and the Integrated Design program in the School of Design Strategies as well as millinery courses in the School of Fashion. She was most recently an Assistant Professor of Design and the Director of Adult Programs in SPACE. Melinda has previously taught at Pratt Institute as a visiting professor. Prior to moving to New York in 1989, she worked in Boston as a wardrobe stylist for film and television. She was also a costume designer for dance companies and theater. Her business, Melinda Hodges Design, encompassed hand painted fabrics, costumes, and millinery, which she continued in New York City for ten years selling to Barneys NY, Nordstrom’s and other boutiques nationwide. She was the recipient of the Milli Award–Milliner of the Year in 1993 and one of her hats was included in an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Ahead of Fashion: Hats in the 20th Century. Her current work centers on bridal headwear, using fabrics purchased from the well-known shop Gratacos in Barcelona. She expects to exhibit her new collection there in the spring of 2016. Melinda has an MS in art and design education from Pratt Institute, an AAS in textile/surface design from the Fashion Institute of Technology / SUNY, and a BFA with specialty in printmaking from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Meditation On A Simple Stitch, Cuarderno 48, Journal of the Center for the Study of Design and Communication, Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013.
Made By Hand, couture, design thinking/research, art/design education, fashion, consumer behavior.
Part-time faculty funding for research at Museum at FIT Archives, Millinery Design Comes Home: women and their hats during the war years, 1939-1945.