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Harpers Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar interviewed me about fashion academia, internships, my PhD thesis & many other topics.

Here’s the intro to the article and the full interview is here:

Academics like thinking of themselves as disembodied brains. Valerie Steele, however, was one of the first and remains—arguably—the foremost scholar to pay attention to bodies and how we dress them. Of course, she is the chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, founder and editor of the definitive peer-reviewed journal on fashion—Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture—and the author of a dozen books about fashion and its manifold meanings. We didn’t even have to consult our address book before calling upon Steele to illuminate the current condition of fashion education—where more courses are cropping up, but few ways exist to professionally apply an intellectual, critical interest in fashion. Here, Steele reveals the recent history of fashion scholarships and her role in making us take clothes seriously.

Add commentIn Blog Press April 17th, 2014

On Dance and Fashion

I was recently asked to participate in a series for Another Magazine. I contributed some thoughts on the relationship between dance and fashion, the subject of my next exhibition:

Link to article

Isaac MizrahiIsaac Mizrahi’s costumes for Mark Morris’ Rite of Spring.  Photograph by Stephanie Berger.

Add commentIn Blog Press March 5th, 2014

In Conversation with Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn and Valerie Steele
Tim Gunn, fashion mentor and co-host of the television show Project Runway, will join me at the Brooklyn Museum on January 30, 2014 to talk fashion. Visit the event page for more details.

7 pm | Brooklyn Museum | $20
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

1 commentIn Appearances Blog January 8th, 2014

“A Queer History of Fashion” In the News

The following is a list of key press articles about A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk.

Columbia Spectator | Queer Eye for the Fashionable Guy | Virginia Fu
The Daily Beast
| Queer Style A History of Fashion at FIT in New York | Peter Davis
Fashionista | It’s Time to Rewrite a Queer History of Fashion | Tanwi Nandini Islam
Hyperallergic | Subversive Style, Straight Out of the Closet | Alexander Cavaluzzo
New York Times | Out of the Closet | Suzy Menkes
New York Times | In Search of a Gay Aesthetic | Guy Trebay
OUT | The Must-See Exhibit: Queer Fashion at FIT | Max Berlinger
Pacific Standard | Interview: Looking Back at Fashion’s Queer History | Paul Hiebert
Public Books | After a Queer Fashion | Abigail Joseph | Glitter and Be Gay? Addressing the LGBT Influence in Fashion | Matthew Schneier
Vogue | “A Queer History of Fashion” Opens at FIT This Week | Lynn Yaeger
W Magazine | A Gay Old Time | Michael Musto
Washington Post | New York fashion exhibit examines the influence of gay designers | Robin Givhan

Add commentIn Press December 5th, 2013

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