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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 Conde Nast and Ralph Lauren, where she helped develop the menswear archive.

Joyce Denney, Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.A. and M.A. from University of Missouri-Columbia, M.A. from Columbia University in East Asian Studies, Doctoral candidate at Bard Graduate Center, New York

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 Museum's exhibition catalog Fashion in Colors, and to Fashion Theory.

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.

Desiree Koslin, Adjunct Associate Professor, CCE
Dr. Desiree 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 New York City, where she continues as an occasional faculty member and academic consultant.

Denyse Montegut, Professor and Department Chairperson
Denyse Montegut is Full Professor and Chair of the Fashion and Textile Studies masters 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.

Bernice Morris, Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.A. in Art History with a minor in Mathematics from Brooklyn College. M.A. in Art History and a Certificate in Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. ABD in Art Conservation Research at the University of Delaware.

Sara Reiter, Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.A. from Oberlin College, Ohio. M.S. in Textile Conservation from the University of Delaware/ Winterthur

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 ExhibitingFashion, 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.

Deborah Trupin, Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.A. from University of Pennsylvania. M.A. and Certificate in Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. 

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