Workshop: "Fashion & Justice", taught by Kimberly Jenkins and Jonathan Square

July 15, 2017

Location: Parsons School of Design, University Center, New York

"Fashion & Justice" is a daylong workshop that my colleague Jonathan Michael Square and I have organized. Jonathan is a writer and professor of history specializing in fashion and visual culture in the African Diaspora, currently teaching at Harvard University. I'm currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of fashion history and theory at Pratt Institute and Part-time Lecturer at Parsons School of Design, specializing 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.  

Fashion forms part of a society’s rich tapestry and can serve as an entry point into contemplating how marginalized and racialized communities understand themselves and their place in the world. "Fashion & Justice" will examine the role of fashion in challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity. The agenda will include an analysis of archival images, select films, artwork and fashion objects that has galvanized social justice, in addition to a compendium of literature that expands our knowledge of fashion history and culture. The significance of contemporary designers and artists will be interpreted through the groundbreaking work of journalists, curators, photographers and academics who explore the fashion system through a critical lens. Timely topics will also be addressed, including, but not limited to, cultural appropriation and the decolonization of fashion images. Participants will leave the workshop with a #fashionandjustice syllabus equipping them with tools to better understand how fashion has been harnessed by marginalized communities, proposing substantive solutions for a more just fashion system. 

The seminar will include guest speakers Elizabeth Way and Darío Calmese. Elizabeth Way is an assistant curator at the Museum at FIT where she curated the Black Fashion Designers exhibition and symposium, and published a distinguished profile of black dressmakers Elizabeth Keckley and Ann Lowe for Fashion Theory. Darío Calmese is an accomplished photographer and creative consultant, and has written for The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and a number of other media outlets.

For press inquiries or additional details about this event, please contact Jonathan at fashioningtheself@gmail.com or myself at jenkk043@newschool.edu. The tuition for the workshop is $50, and you can register here.


"Dior and I", part of Film and Design: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry

February 17, 2016

Location: Design Center Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

As part of the Pratt School of Design Spring Film Series, I presented the timely and thoughtful film, "Dior and I" (Frédéric Tcheng, 2014). A screening of the film along with a Q&A with director Frédéric Tcheng (who has also directed the film, "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel")  sought to encourage a more broad appreciation of the art of couture as well as an acknowledgement of the creative end financial pressure placed upon the world's most celebrated designers. This event was developed for our design students and was free and open to the public. 


"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Professor Kim Jenkins"

September 1st through November 18th, 2015

From Pratt Institute:

Pratt Institute’s Fashion Department presents its fourth annual fall lecture series entitled, “Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Professor Kim Jenkins.” Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with esteemed and emerging influencers in fashion, culture and design, highlighting crucial topics and achievements in the world of fashion. All events and event receptions are free and open to the public. Space is limited. 

All events: 6–8 PM
Pratt Institute Brooklyn Campus


Fashion Studies Journal presents: "Fashion & Spinach"

June 26th, 2015

From Women's Wear Daily:

Alumnae of The New School’s Parsons School of Design’s fashion studies masters program held a dinner in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on Friday evening with the intent of creating an independent New York collective of young fashion sociologists, historians and academics. The hosts — fashion academics and former schoolmates Laura Snelgrove, Lauren Downing Peters, Anya Kurennaya, Kim Jenkins and Rachel Kinnard — self-publish The Fashion Studies Journal and feel that while these types of fashion-centric circles exist elsewhere in the world, the concept has yet to permeate the New York social-scholastic landscape.


"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Professor Kim Jenkins"

September 17th through November 19th, 2014

From Pratt Institute:

Pratt Institute’s Fashion Department presents its annual fall lecture series entitled, “Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Professor Kim Jenkins.” Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with esteemed and emerging influencers in fashion, culture and design, highlighting crucial topics and achievements in the world of fashion. All events and event receptions are free and open to the public. Space is limited. 

All events: 6–8 PM
Pratt Institute Brooklyn Campus


"Stephen Burrows: An Intimate Interview"

June 19th, 2013

From Museum of the City of New York:

Join acclaimed groundbreaking designer Stephen Burrows in conversation with Kim Jenkins, Parsons Fashion Studies MA graduate, about the new exhibition Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced, on Wednesday, June 19.

Mr. Burrows will discuss the downtown scene in 1970s New York City, his pioneering style, and how his vibrant colors, metallic fabrics, and slinky silhouettes helped define the look of the disco generation.