• Francesca Granata

    Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies

    Office Location:

    Sheila Johnson Design Center


    Francesca Granata is Director of the MA Fashion Studies and Assistant Professor 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, School of the Museum of Fine Arts

    Research Interests:

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