Kim specializes in the sociocultural and historical influences behind why we wear what we wear, specifically addressing how politics, psychology, race and gender shapes the way we ‘fashion’ our identity. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, Part-time Lecturer at Parsons School of Design and amongst the pioneering cohort of graduates from the MA Fashion Studies program at Parsons. In Fall 2016, Kim debuted the path breaking undergraduate course “Fashion and Race” at Parsons, examining the implications of the social construct of race in fashion history, business and image-making.
Kim’s expertise has been called upon by Refinery29, New York Magazine, Not Just a Label and her work as an educator has been profiled by NYLON magazine (2017). Since 2014, Kim has been the host and co-organizer of “Fashion Talks” at Pratt Institute, interviewing luminaries the likes of Becca McCharen (founder of CHROMAT), designers Adam Selman and Telfar Clemens, author Simon Doonan, model and activist Yomi Abiola, Katharine Zarrella (founder of Fashion Unfiltered) and photographer David Needleman, to name a few.
Kim’s work as a fashion scholar was grounded by a curatorial internship for the Dallas Museum of Art’s two first-ever fashion exhibitions, “African Headwear: Beyond Fashion” and “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”, and strengthened through freelance fashion writing for Portable.tv along with subsequent speaking engagements around New York City, which has included a conversation with fashion design legend Stephen Burrows for the Museum of the City of New York. In 2016, Kim relaunched her graduate peer project, The Fashion Studies Journal, which today provides an accessible writing platform and social space for emerging fashion scholars. In July 2017, Kim became an award recipient of The New School's Innovation in Education Fund (IEF) for her proposal, "The Fashion and Race Syllabus: Mapping a Decentralized Approach to Fashion History and Design Practice," a project that will culminate summer 2018.
Kim is expanding her teaching platform into the public realm, producing workshops and panel discussions throughout the city. Kim’s first workshop, entitled “Fashion & Justice”, debuted July 15, 2017, with her colleague Jonathan Michael Square.
M.A. Fashion Studies, Parsons School of Design
B.A. Anthropology with a minor in Art History, University of Texas at Arlington
Academic Journal Articles:
-Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender and the Work of Personal Style Blogging, (book review), QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking (Summer/Fall 2017)
-“‘Black Fashion Designers’–An Interview with Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way from The Museum at FIT”, International Journal of Fashion Studies (Spring 2017)
-“A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes” (contributed expert interview and exhibition content), Art Basel, Miami (November 29th-December 5th 2016)
-"Site Visit: Fabiola Jean-Louis," The Fashion Studies Journal (August 2017)
-“Making it Work: Sofia Hedman”, The Fashion Studies Journal (May 2017)
-“Making it Work: Shannon Bell Price”, The Fashion Studies Journal (April 2017)
-“Teaching Fashion and Race”, The Fashion Studies Journal (January 2017).
-“The Next Movement”, ADDRESS: Journal for Fashion Criticism (September 2014).
-“The Coups de Coeur of Barbara Berger: A Narrative of Adornment”, Art Jewelry Forum (October 2013).
-“Fashioning a Rite of Passage”, BIAS: The Journal of Dress Practice. Parsons School of Design: New York, NY (May 2013)
Media Commentary & Scholarly Expertise:
-"Where are the Women of Color in Fashion?" Fashion Unfiltered (August 2017)
-"Wine-Themed T-Shirts Are for Thin, Rich White Women," Racked (August 2017)
-“The Psychological Case for Dressing Way Up (or Down) for Work”, New York Magazine (October 25, 2016).
-“What Fashion Anthropologists Think About the Relentless Cargo-Shorts Boom”, New York Magazine (September 26, 2016).
-“Bomani Jones’ T-shirt highlights the intersection of fashion and protest”, “Take Two”, 89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio (April 8, 2016).
-“From Hoodies to Bras: A History of Clothes as Political Weapons”, Refinery29 (October 17, 2015).
Media Features & Press:
-"These Professors Are Here To “School The Ignorant” On Race And Fashion," NYLON (July 14, 2017).
-"Kimberly Jenkins Is Teaching Fashion At The Next Level," NYLON (February 18, 2017)
-"Parsons Alumnae Gear Up Collective for Fashion Studies Academics," WWD (June 30, 2015).
-Co-Founder and Contributor, The Fashion Studies Journal, a peer-reviewed online fashion scholarship publication and affinity group resource site (2016-present).
-Co-Founding Editor, The Fashion and Race Syllabus, a collaborative research project and working bibliography contributing to the scholarship of fashion and race (2016-present)
-September 7, October 10, and November 13, 2017: "Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Professor Kim Jenkins," Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
-August 2017: "Front of House/Back of House: Fashion Curators and Conservators", an intimate panel discussion, Brooklyn, New York
-August 2017: Guest, "Recommended Reading" podcast with Food Book Fair
-July 2017: "Fashion & Justice" (a workshop), Parsons School of Design, New York
-October 2016: Guest, False Image Fashion Podcast
-March, 2016: "She Wants Revenge: Fashioning Resilience Upon the Lovelorn Celebrity Body", an anticipated paper for the 2016 National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Seattle, Washington
-February 2016: "Dior and I" film screening and conversation with Frédéric Tcheng, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
-February 2016: Panelist, "Fashion and Race", part of the Fashion and Diversity Series at The New School
-December 2015: "The Future of NYC Fashion Education", panelist speaker, part of Not Just A Label's New York Forum, Waldorf Astoria, New York
-November 2015: "Adam Selman in conversation with Kim Jenkins", part of Pratt Institute's "Fashion Talks"
-October 2015: "The New Menswear" (Kim Jenkins in conversation with Telfar Clemens, Felix Burrichter of PIN-UP Magazine and Michael Bullock of Fantastic Man, part of Pratt Institute's "Fashion Talks"
-September 2015: "Fashion and Cultural Appropriation" (Kim Jenkins in conversation with fashion scholar Minh-ha T. Pham and Adrienne Keene of Native Appropriations), part of Pratt Institute's "Fashion Talks"
-September 2015: "Documenting Fashion" (Kim Jenkins in conversation with magazine senior editor Katharine K. Zarrella, fashion scholar Elyssa Dimant and photographer David Needleman), part of Pratt Institute's "Fashion Talks"
-June 2015: Fashion Studies Journal presents "Fashion & Spinach", Brooklyn, New York
-June 2013: "Stephen Burrows: An Intimate Interview", The Museum of the City of New York
ethnography, dress and identity, material culture, fashion theory, fashion and psychology, globalization and consumption
Fashion and Race