Moderator & Co-Producer, "Fashion, Culture and Justice: A NYFW Dialogue"

September 11, 2017

Location: Tishman Auditorium, The New School, New York 

Taking place during the fashion industry's highlight week in New York, this event will serve to identify, address, and deepen our understanding of the social and systemic issues that challenge and pervade the fashion system. Topics that will be the focal point of this solutions-based discussion will include cultural appropriation and cultural sensitivity, and what fashion makes possible in a tense political climate. 

SPEAKERS:

Elaine Welteroth - Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue

Elaine Welteroth is largely responsible for the expansion of Teen Vogue's coverage to include a wide range of feminist, social-justice, and political topics, alongside fashion, beauty, and entertainment news. Welteroth joined Teen Vogue in 2012, when she became the first African-American to ever hold the post of beauty & health director at a Condé Nast publication.

Amy Farid - Fashion industry hairstylist

Amy Farid is a key hairstylist at several shows during New York Fashion Week including Hood by Air. Clients include Interview, Elle, 3.1 Phillip Lim, M.I.A., Ellen von Unwerth, Chromat and Teen Vogue. A member of the Osage tribe and also of Middle Eastern descent, Amy brings inspiration from her rich ancestry as well as youth culture and the arts to her work, making her a unique creative force in the industry.

Anastasia Garcia - Fashion photographer, activist

Anastasia Garcia is a Latina photographer and body positive activist based in New York City. She is most known for her use of photography to challenge exclusive beauty norms by using a range of diverse models, particularly plus size models.

She has published writings on the importance of diversity in media, and most recently starred in the film, Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image.

Aurora James - Creative Director, Brother Vellies

Toronto native Aurora James founded BROTHER VELLIES with two specific goals: to introduce her favorite traditional African footwear to the rest of the world, and to create and sustain artisanal jobs in Africa.

MODERATOR

Kim Jenkins - Part-time lecturer, Parsons School of Design and Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute

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.


Guest, "Recommended Reading"  podcast with Food Book Fair

August 1, 2017

Excerpt: We chop it up this week with Kimberly M. Jenkins, a professor of fashion history who specializes in “the sociocultural and historical influences behind why we wear what we wear,” and Yahdon Israel, founder of Literary Swag Book Club and #FBF2017 collaborator. On the agenda: the intersections of food and literature, literature and fashion, fashion and race, and much more. It gets lit!


Guest, False Image Fashion Podcast

October 6, 2016

Excerpt: Today on the False Image Fashion Podcast we have professor at Parsons School of Design & Pratt Institute Kimberly Jenkins. Kim Jenkins is a New York-based educator and graduate of the M.A. Fashion Studies program at Parsons School of Design. Kim has devoted her life thus far to not only accepting the formalities within the fashion industry but as well using education to create instant change at two of America’s largest fashion institutions. If you have the opportunity to meet Kim you will witness she has a rooted passion for understanding human races, origins, and other cultures. Kim’s latest endeavors include a course taught at Parsons entitled “Fashion and Race”, the online project, “The Fashion and Race Syllabus” and the expansion of The Fashion Studies Journal. Today, she discusses the scenic route she took before becoming a fashion scholar.

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Guest, Take Two, 89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio

April 8, 2016
Segment: "Bomani Jones' T-shirt highlights the intersection of fashion and protest"

Excerpt: ESPN journalist Bomani Jones filled in on Thursday as host on his network's Mike and Mike show. He was sporting a T-shirt that looked much like a Cleveland Indians shirt, but instead of the word "Indians," it said "Caucasians." And instead of red-faced mascot Chief Wahoo with a feather poking up from his head, there was a white dude with a dollar sign in lieu of the feather. 

Some viewers were not too happy about the shirt. But Jones says hey, if you are offended by this shirt, you must be offended by the Indians' logo, too. And if not, you're hypocritical.

It's just the latest example in a long tradition of using fashion to make a social or political point. Kim Jenkins is a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute in New York. She joined the show to tell more about the intersection of fashion and protest." (Alex Cohen and Francine Rios, Take Two)


Panelist, "Fashion and Race", part of the Fashion and Diversity Series at The New School

February 12, 2016
Location: The New School, New York City

Description: From designers telling their stories through design during New York Fashion Week to scholars groundbreaking work on the compelling histories of Africans and African Americans’ styling practices, this conversation presented by Parsons School of Design at The New School will cover how young black fashion industry professionals are rearticulating what it really means to tackle racial diversity. Join Digital Fashion & Beauty Director at Essence magazine, Julee Wilson, as she moderates a conversation with designers, editors, scholars and more on new narratives of blackness in fashion.


Host, Fashion Talks: "Designer Profile": Adam Selman in Conversation with Kim Jenkins

November 18, 2015
Location: Higgins Hall, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Description: Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with designer and Pratt Fashion grad Adam Selman to discuss his career path and the success of his eponymous label that has gained a celebrity cult following. This talk is the season finale of the "Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins" series. This event is free and open to the public; reception to follow.


Host, Fashion Talks: "The New Menswear" 

October 19, 2015
Location: Design Center Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Description: As the fashion industry begins to embrace "genderless fashion" and identity fluidity, Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will discuss new concepts in menswear with Telfar Clemens, designer of TELFAR and the editorial aspects of identity construction through design with Felix Burrichter, founder of PIN-UP: A Magazine for Architectural Entertainment and Michael Bullock, editor of Fantastic Man. This talk is the third installment of "Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins," and is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.


Host, Fashion Talks: "Fashion & Cultural Appropriation" 

September 23, 2015
Location: Design Center Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Description: Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with Minh-Ha T. Pham, Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Pratt Institute and author of the blog "Threadbared" and Adrienne Keene, Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University and author of the blog "Native Appropriations" to discuss the issue of cultural appropriation in the fashion industry and popular culture. This talk is the second installment of "Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins," and is free and open to the public; reception to follow.


Host, Fashion Talks: "Documenting Fashion" 

September 1, 2016
Location: Design Center Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Description: "Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins" kicks off a new season, gathering a panel of luminaries who are reporting, theorizing and visually capturing the latest in fashion from the front lines. Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will hold a panel discussion with curator and fashion historian Elyssa Dimant, Katharine K. Zarrella, senior editor of V Magazine and VMAN and fashion portrait photographer David Needleman. This event is free and open to the public; reception to follow.