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June Burns Bové, Adjunct Assistant Professor, CCE

June Burns Bové earned a BA from Bucknell University in English and French Literature and an MA from New York University in Costume Studies. For twenty years a contract employee of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, June is Textile Conservator for Yeshiva University Museum and has been an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Graduate Studies of Fashion Institute of Technology since 1991 where her specialty is costume exhibition. 

She has consulted for many museums and institutions including The Newark Museum, The New-York Historical Society, The New Jersey Historical Society, The Jewish Museum, the Morse Museum of Winter Park, Florida, The Merchant's House of New York City, and the Art Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In 2011 The Costume Society of America named her a Fellow of the Society.

Sarah Byrd, Adjunct Instructor

Sarah Byrd received her BA from the University of Tennessee where she focused on costume design and has an MA from FIT. She works as an archivist, curator, and fashion historian. Sarah curated “Time & Place,” a site-specific installation on the connections between clothing, photography, and memory and continues to develop small exhibitions for unusual spaces. She is currently teaching the two-term exhibition course in the program. Her experience as an archivist ranges from small designers to larger corporations including Condé Nast and Ralph Lauren, where she helped develop the menswear archive.

Lourdes Font, Associate Professor

Dr. Lourdes Font (B.A., Middlebury College, M.A., Ph.D., New York University) is an Associate Professor in the department of History of Art and in the M.A. Program in Fashion and Textile Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has also taught at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s M.A. Program in the History of Decorative Arts, at Parsons School of Design, and at New York University. 

She has lectured on dress in art at the Bard Graduate Center, the Huntington Library, the Frick Collection, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Among her recent publications are Fashion and Visual Art, over one hundred reference articles added to the Grove Dictionary of Art Online, co-edited with a colleague at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Nancy Deihl. She has also contributed articles and essays to West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture, to the Cooper-Hewitt’s Museum’s exhibition catalogue Fashion in Colors, and to Fashion Theory. 

Kathy Francis, Adjunct Instructor

Kathy Francis is an independent textile conservator and the owner of Francis Textile Conservation LLC. She has 30 years experience in textile conservation including 8 years as Chief Conservator at the Textile Conservation Center, a regional conservation lab in Lowell, Massachusetts and 8 years as Textile Conservator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. 

Her expertise includes fiber analysis; conservation cleaning; stabilization and compensation for loss in textiles; and emergency preparedness and recovery for textile collections. Kathy earned a BS from Framingham State University, Massachusetts, and was apprentice trained in textile conservation at the Textile Conservation Center at the Museum of American Textile History. Kathy is a Professional Associate of the American Institute of Conservation. 

Preeti Gopinath, Adjunct Instructor 

Preeti Gopinath is an Adjunct Instructor teaching textile history courses at FIT- in the Fashion and Textiles Studies Department of the School of Graduate Studies, as well as in the Textiles Development and Marketing Department. A graduate of Textile Design from the 5 year Professional Education Program of the National Institute of Design, India, she is an internationally experienced textile designer, educator and textile industry professional with 15 years of experience in the area of textile design, education, entrepreneurship, and research. Prior to moving to New York in 2011, she owned and operated Designerie-a luxury textile design studio, taught Textiles courses at George Brown College and Sheridan College in Canada, was a founding Faculty member of Srishti –School of Art, Design and Technology in India, and was also an Artist –Educator with the Learning through the Arts program of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. 

Preeti’s research undertakings include the Gyaser brocades of Benares that are made for the Tibetan monasteries, successfully researched and unearthed a rare, surviving example of the Gatthua loom- precursor to the Jaala loom of Benares, and the History of Bharatanatyam –a classical Indian dance form. 

Rebecca Kelly, Adjunct Instructor 

Rebecca J. Kelly is a dress historian, and an adjunct instructor in the History of Art Department as well as the Fashion and Textile Studies Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Rebecca is the author of "Fashion in The Gilded Age: A Profile of Newport’s King Family," in Twentieth- Century American Fashion, edited by Linda Welters and Patricia Cunningham. Rebecca worked for many years as a conservator holding positions at The Preservation Society of Newport County, and later at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She continues to work as a consultant assisting numerous organizations with the interpretation and installation of textile exhibitions. She holds a BA in Art History, as well as an MS from the department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandizing, and Design at the University of Rhode Island. Rebecca has been a long time member of the Costume Society of America. She has served on the CSA Northeastern Regional Board, and co-chaired the CSA 2011 National Symposium and Annual Meeting in Boston. 

Désirée Koslin, ?Adjunct Associate Professor, CCE

Dr. Désirée Koslin (BA Empire State College, New York MFA City College, CUNY MA, PhD Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), is a specialist in textile structure and analysis and is an art historian, especially of the medieval period in Europe and the Islamic world and participates in the field by giving papers at professional conferences and reference work projects. She has published profusely on various subjects related to textiles and dress. She is also an exhibiting artist using fiber media. Now semi-retired, she divides her time between Sweden and NYC, where she continues as an occasional faculty member and academic consultant.  

Denyse Montegut, Full Professor and Department Chairperson 

Denyse Montegut is Full Professor and Chair of the Fashion and Textile Studies master’s degree program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) where she has directed the academic evolution of the program since 1996 and taught conservation science courses since 1991. She received her BA in Art History with a minor in Mathematics from Brooklyn College, and holds an MA in Art History and a Certificate in Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is ABD in art conservation research at the University of Delaware, where her work centered on the authentication of thirteenth-century printed textile fragments. Her publications range over a number of historical and technical subjects and include “Examination of metal threads from some XV/XVI century Italian textiles by scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry,” “Moth or Mollusc? A technical examination of Byssus fibers,” “The Characterization and Identification of Faux Suede Materials,” and “Characterization of Morphological and Optical Properties of Regenerated Protein Fibers, 1938-1960.” She has also taught specialty workshops and lectured at NYU over the years. 

Denyse also has a small private conservation business and is the consulting textile conservator for the Guggenheim Museum. She has been a pioneer in the creation of fashion archives having set up the one for Calvin Klein as early as 1996. She continues to consult for start-up archives. Denyse is a member of the American Institute for Conservation and the Textile Society of America. 

Sarah Scaturro, Adjunct Instructor 

Sarah Scaturro is the head conservator at the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously, she was a textile conservator at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. She is an instructor in the Fashion and Textile Studies MA program with a specialty in artificial aging techniques. She has written for Fashion Theory, Hand/Eye Magazine, Russian Fashion Theory, Journal of Design History, Selvedge, Fashion Projects, Worn Fashion Journal and Grove On-Line Art Encyclopedia, as well as being often quoted in the fashion press. She lectures internationally on fashion and textile history, with particular expertise in sustainable fashion, fashion and technology, and fashionable camouflage. She is the founder and organizer of www.ExhibitingFashion.com, a website devoted to exploring fashion and textile exhibitionism. 

Valerie Soll, Adjunct Instructor, CCE

Valerie Soll received her BA from University of Oregon and her special training in rug restoration in Ankara, Turkey. For the last 19 years she has been the textile conservator at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in NYC with a specialty in conservation dyeing. She has taught dye related courses at FIT, NYU, and Parsons and teaches collections management and basic conservation courses in the graduate program at FIT. Valerie is also a reweaving expert and does rug workshops for FIT’s advanced conservation students. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and the Textile Society of America.

Seta Wehbé, Adjunct Instructor

Seta Kaloustian Wehbé is a textile conservator, currently working as an contract conservator at the MFA Boston. She previously was an Assistant Collections Manager at the Ratti Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds an M.A. in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY), and an M.A. in French Literature from Villanova University, PA. Prior to that, she earned an M.Sc. in Immunology, and a B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She has held internships at the Milliner Patricia Underwood, the Costume Department of the Metropolitan Opera, the Conservation Lab of the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Putnam County Historical Society & Foundry School Museum (Cold Spring, NY), and the Antonio Ratti Textile Center of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC-TSG), the Textile Society of America (TSA), and the Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens (CIETA). She currently teaches components in the Collections Management course.

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