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Justine De Young, PhD

Justine De YoungAssistant Professor and Chairperson

Office Location: Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B646
Phone: (212) 217-4665
Email:  [email protected]

Chair of the History of Art department, Dr. De Young specializes in the intersection of art and fashion, teaching courses on modern art and fashion history. Her research and writing interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and literature, visual and material culture, modernism and fashion. She is the editor of Fashion in European Art: Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925 (I.B. Tauris, 2017) and of the Fashion History Timeline. Her work has been generously supported by grants and fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty, Kress and Mellon Foundations.

Before coming to FIT, Dr. De Young previously taught art and fashion history at Harvard, Wellesley, Lesley and Northwestern University. She has published many essays, notably contributing to the exhibition catalogs for “Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity” (2012-13) and "Tissot: Fashion & Faith" (2019-2020). She lectures widely and has held fellowships at the Met’s Costume Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Northwestern’s Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art.

She is currently completing a book on discourses surrounding fashion and feminine types in works exhibited at the Paris Salon (1864-1884).


BA, Williams College
MA and PhD, Northwestern University

View Dr. De Young’s CV (PDF)

Selected Publications

Editor-in-chief, Fashion History Timeline

“Dressing the Modern Woman: Mary Cassatt and 1890s Fashion.” In Mary Cassatt: Inside Out (Davis Gallery, June 4-November 2020), Colby College Museum of Art (Summer 2021) – forthcoming

Assessing Undergraduate Fashion History Research via Content Analysis,” Art History Pedagogy & Practice 5, no. 1 (Winter 2020).

Tissot’s Fascination with Fashion,” Legion of Honor Museum web article (September 2019).

“Tissot and Fashion.” In James Tissot, 1836-1902 (Legion of Honor from October 12, 2019 through February 9, 2020 and at the Musée d’Orsay from March 22, 2020 through June 28, 2020), ed. by Melissa E. Buron, 60-62. San Francisco: FAMSF, 2019.

The Fashion History Timeline and Rethinking Student Research as Public Scholarship,” Art History Teaching Resources (September 2018).

Editor, Fashion in European Art: Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925. London: I.B. Tauris, 2017.

“Visual Representations of Fashion and Dress, 1800-1920.” In The Age of Empire, 1800-1920, edited by Denise Baxter. A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion, edited by Susan Vincent, 165-88. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

“Fashioning the (Masculine) Interior: Tissot, Portraiture, Photography & the Fashion Plate.” In Visualizing the Nineteenth-Century Home: Modern Art and the Decorative Impulse, edited by Anca I. Lasc, 104-121. New York: Routledge, 2016.

“Not Just a Pretty Picture: Fashion as News.” In Getting the Picture: The Visual Culture of the News, edited by Jason E. Hill and Vanessa R. Schwartz, 109-115. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.

“Representing the Modern Woman: The Fashion Plate Reconsidered (1865-1875).” In Women, Femininity, and Public Space in European Visual Culture, 1789-1914, edited by Temma Balducci and Heather Belnap Jensen, 97-114. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014.

“Fashion and Intimate Portraits” and “Fashion and the Press.” In Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, edited by Gloria Groom, exh. cat.[ Art Institute of Chicago (June 26-September 22, 2013), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (February 26-May 27, 2013), and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris (September 25, 2012-January 20, 2013)], 106-123, 232-243. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

“La mode en portraits intimes” and “La mode des impressionnistes face à la presse.” In L’Impressionnisme et la Mode, edited by Gloria Groom, exh. cat., 145-151, 257-263. Paris: Skira Flammarion for Musée d’Orsay, 2012.

“‘Housewife or Harlot’: Art, Fashion & Morality in the Paris Salon of 1868.” In Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion, edited by Ilya Parkins and Elizabeth M. Sheehan, 124-47. Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies. Hanover: University of New Hampshire Press, 2011.


  • HA 214 – Art in New York
  • HA 215 – History of Menswear
  • HA 231 – Modern Art
  • HA 237 – Global Fashion: Ancient Origins to Modern Styles
  • HA 301 – Fashion & Impressionism (Honors)
  • HA 330 – Approaches to Fashion Theory (cross-listed as PL 330)
  • HA 344 – History of Western Costume
  • HA 346 – Twentieth-Century Fashion & Art