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Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 Assignments

Magali Berthon, Adjunct Instructor, PhD, Royal College of Art, MA Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York,
MFA, École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, BA, ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres

June Burns Bové, Adjunct Instructor, Fashion and Textile Studies BA, Bucknell University; MA, New York University

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 department of Fashion and Textile Studies 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, and she is the corresponding secretary of the CSA Finance Committee.

Sarah Byrd, Adjunct Professor, Fashion and Textile Studies BA, University of Tennessee; MA, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York

As an archivist, Sarah has worked on a wide range of projects for both private clients and large corporations including Condé Nast and Ralph Lauren, where she helped develop the menswear archive. She teaches graduate and professional at several institutions and is co-founder of the Fashion Studies Alliance. Byrd's independent research focuses on the fashion within American cults and communes and the role of museums and exhibitions in fashion education. She has contributed her research, writing, and editing to several publications and symposia.

Lourdes Font, Professor and Acting Chair of the Department, Fashion and Textile Studies BA, Middlebury College; MA, PhD, New York University 2010–11 State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

In addition to serving as a professor in FIT's History of Art department and Fashion and Textile Studies graduate program, Dr. Lourdes Font has also taught at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts, at Parsons School of Design, and at New York University. Font 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 FIT colleague 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.

Kaelyn Garcia, Adjunct Instructor; MA, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, B.F.A. Fashion Design and History, Columbia College.

Kaelyn Garcia has worked as a designer and textile instructor specializing in weaving, embroidery, and bobbin lace in New York for over eight years, and is co-founder of the Brooklyn Lace Guild. She interned at the Hispanic Society and the American Museum of Natural History, the Cooper Hewitt, and most recently at the Textile Laboratory at Saint John the Divine. She has her moleskin planner, chapstick, and sunglasses in her bag at all times.

Yuni Kawamura, PhD,  Adjunct Instructor, PhD, Columbia University/ Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NY MA, Columbia University/ Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NY BA, Sophia University, Japan

Shonagh Marshall, Adjunct Instructor MA Fashion Curation, University of the Arts London, BA Fashion History and Theory, University of the Arts
London

Rebecca Jumper Matheson, Adjunct Instructor, MA in Fashion and Textile Studies from FIT, a JD from the University of Texas School of Law, and is currently a PHD candidate at the Bard Graduate Center

Rebecca Matheson is a fashion historian and an adjunct instructor in FIT’s MA Program in Fashion and Textile studies:  History, Theory, Museum Practice.  Matheson’s research focuses on nineteenth-and twentieth-century American women’s dress, using interdisciplinary approaches to discover women’s narratives as designers, makers, sellers, and consumers.  Her recent projects have dealt with millinery, leather goods, advertising, teenage fashion, and dress for long-distance train travel.  She is the author of two monographs, The Sunbonnet:  an American Icon in Texas (2009) and Young Originals: Emily Wilkens and the Teen Sophisticate (2015). Matheson holds an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies from FIT, a JD from the University of Texas School of Law, and is currently a PHD candidate at the Bard Graduate Center.

Sara Reiter, Adjunct Instructor, BA from Oberlin College, Ohio. MS in Textile Conservation from the University of Delaware/ Winterthur

Katie Sabo, Adjunct Instructor, Fashion and Textile Studies BFA, Reed College M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University
of New York

Katie Sabo is a conservator in private practice based in Princeton, New Jersey. Her practice focuses on the conservation and mounting of twentieth-century and contemporary fashion and textiles. Katie has worked as a consultant for museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture [Washington, D.C.], Bourse de Commerce--Pinault Collection [Paris, France], the National Museum for Women in the Arts [Washington, D.C.], and private clients. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation, the Costume Society of America, and the Textile Society of America.

Valerie Soll, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art Market BA, University of Oregon

In addition to her degree from the University of Oregon, Valerie Soll has completed specialized training in rug restoration in Ankara, Turkey.
For the past 19 years, she has been the textile conservator at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, with a specialty in conservation dyeing. Soll has taught dye-related courses at FIT, NYU, and Parsons and teaches collections management and basic conservation
courses in the graduate program at FIT. Soll 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.

Chantal Stein, Adjunct Instructor, Fashion and Textile Studies BA, Columbia University; MA, MS, New York University

Chantal Stein received her BA from Columbia University and her MA and MS from the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She has worked as an objects conservator in various museums across New York City and on archaeological sites in Turkey and Egypt, and is currently working on plastics preservation at NYU Libraries. She has taught objects conservation at FIT and imaging and non-invasive analysis at NYU. Her research interests include advanced imaging techniques and values-based approaches to conservation ethics. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation.

Deborah Trupin, Adjunct Assistant Professor BA, University of Pennsylvania; MA and Certificate in Conservation, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Deborah Trupin is a textile and upholstery conservator with over 30 years of conservation experience. For much of that time she was the
Textile and Upholstery Conservator for New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Bureau of Historic Sites,
responsible for the preservation and conservation of the textile and upholstery collections of the 36 state-run historic sites. She is principal of Trupin Conservation Services, LLC, which provides textile conservation surveys and treatments to museums and other institutions. Trupin is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation (A(C). She is co-chair of the AIC  Membership Designation Working Group and a member of the Directory Board of the ICOM Committee for Conservation. 

Fall 2021 Assignments


Eva Labson, Adjunct Instructor, Fashion and Textile Studies, B.A. in Art History, Museum Studies, and Theater Arts - Dance from Beloit College, WI; an M.A. in Decorative Art, Design and Culture from The Bard Graduate Center, NY; and is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Textile Arts at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

A specialist in the fields of textile studies and collections care, Eva Labson is the Senior Collections Manager of the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this role she is responsible for the management of an active 19,000 square foot study and storage facility housing The Met’s collection of over 33,000 textiles. In close consultation with the Supervising Curator, she manages and promotes the Center’s publicly accessible educational resources including: the study room, reference library, archives, and gallery.With a particular interest in encouraging object-based learning and fostering close relationships between universities and museum collections, she joined the Fashion andTextile Studies faculty as an Adjunct Instructor in 2017.

Denyse Montegut, Professor, Fashion and Textile Studies BA, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; MA, New York University

Denyse Montegut directed the academic evolution of the Fashion and Textile Studies program beginning in 1996 and has been teaching
conservation science courses since 1991. She received her Bachelor of Arts in art history with a minor in mathematics from Brooklyn College
and holds a Master of Arts 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. Montegut's publications range over a number of historical and technical subjects and include examination of metal
threads from some 15th and 16th century Italian textiles using a scanning electron microscope; 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 teaches specialty workshops and has
lectured at NYU over the years.

Montegut maintains 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 created an archive for Calvin Klein as early as 1996. She continues to consult for start-up archives. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation and the Textile Society of America.

Nancy Macdonnell (aka Nancy Robertson), Adjunct Instructor, BA, McGill University; MA, New York University, MA Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York

Eva Labson, Adjunct Instructor, Fashion and Textile Studies

A specialist in the fields of textile studies and collections care, Eva Labson is the Senior Collections Manager of the Antonio Ratti Textile
Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this role she is responsible for the management of an active 19,000 square foot study and storage
facility housing The Met’s collection of over 33,000 textiles. In close consultation with the Supervising Curator, she manages and promotes the
Center’s publicly accessible educational resources including: the study room, reference library, archives, and gallery.With a particular
interest in encouraging object-based learning and fostering close relationships between universities and museum collections, she joined
the Fashion andTextile Studies faculty as an Adjunct Instructor in 2017. She holds a B.A. in Art History, Museum Studies, and Theater Arts -
Dance from Beloit College, WI; an M.A. in Decorative Art, Design and Culture from The Bard Graduate Center, NY; and is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Textile Arts at the University of Bern, Switzerland.


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