EDUCATION

2016

Doctor of Philosophy, Art History and Visual Culture, York University, Toronto, Canada
Thesis: “Total Work of Fashion: Bernhard Willhelm and the Contemporary Avant-Garde
Supervisors: Dr. Jennifer Fisher, Dr. John Potvin

2009

Master of Arts, History and Culture of Fashion, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom
Thesis: “Girl Nerds: The North-American Asian Contingent, Society and Style”
Supervisors: Dr. Becky Conekin, Judith Clark, Amy de la Haye

2004

Honours Bachelor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

 

SELECTED HONOURS

2018-present

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship, Performa, New York

2016-2018

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York

2013-2014

Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Government of Canada

2011-2013

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario

2010

York Graduate Scholarship, York University, Toronto, Canada

2007

Harold Tillman Scholarship for MA Studies in Fashion, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016-2018

Lecturer, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York

2015

Course Director, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University, Toronto, Canada     
Course: Art in the City

Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada
Courses: Television as Communication; Television as Culture

2010-2016

Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, Canada
Courses: Art in the City; Modern Art: 1750 to the Present; Introduction to Art History; The Photographic Experience

2014

Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Visual Arts, Western University, London, Ontario
Course: What (Not) to Wear: Fashion, Textiles and Art II

2009-2013

Instructor, The Chang School, Communication and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Courses: Fashion, Culture, and Society; History of Costume I

2009-2010

Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Courses: Fashion Culture - Suffragettes to CEOs; History of Costume I; History of Design; Introduction to Fashion II

 

SELECTED RELATED EXPERIENCE

2014

Writer-in-Residence, Est-Nord-Est, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec, Canada

2012-2018

Board of Directors, Mercer Union: a centre for contemporary art, Toronto, Canada

2009-2010

Curatorial Assistant, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Canada

2008-2009

Invigilator, White Cube, Hoxton Square, London, United Kingdom

2008

Research Assistant, Textiles and Costume, Department of World Cultures, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

2007

Junior Assistant, Claerbout Studio, Antwerp, Belgium

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

forthcoming

“Total Work of Fashion: Bernhard Willhelm and Gesamtkunstwerk.” TDR: The Drama Review. TBD.

“Taste and Transgression: Gender and Sexuality in the Contemporary Avant–Garde Fashion of Bernhard Willhelm.” Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture. pp. TBD.

2018

“Against ‘Fashion-Time’: Bernhard Willhelm, Regional Folk Dress and the contemporary.” Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Contexts and Global Practices. Eds. Lynda Klich and Tara Zanardi. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 229-244.

Exhibition Rev. of “Lorna Mills: The Great Code.” Canadian Art, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 116-117.

2017

Exhibition Rev. of “Sara Berman's Closet,” Journal of Curatorial Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 259-262.

2015

Exhibition Rev. of “Is Toronto Burning?” Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 541-547.

2014

Book Rev. of “Art & Textiles: Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present, Marcus Brüderlin (ed.),” Journal of Curatorial Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2/3, pp. 423-426.

“Bernhard Willhelm: The contemporary and sartorial remembrance,” Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 295-312.

2013

Exhibition Rev. of “Experts: doomsday predictions have no basis in fact or history,” Journal of Curatorial Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 267-270.

“Resist the List: A Problem of Politics in the Evaluation of Contemporary Art,” C Magazine, Summer 2013, No. 118, pp. 24-27.

2011

Exhibition Rev. of “Hussein Chalayan: From Fashion and Back,” Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 93-98.

2010

Exhibition Rev. of “Pieter Hugo,” PUBLIC, Winter 2010, No. 42, pp. 146-147.

2009

Exhibition Rev. of “Tate Triennial,” C Magazine, Summer 2009, No. 102, pp. 52-53.

Exhibition Rev. of “Elmgreen + Dragset,” Canadian Art, Spring 2009, Vol. 26, No.1, pp. 89-90.

2008

Exhibition Rev. of “Lee Bul,” Canadian Art, Summer 2008, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 87-88.

2007

Exhibition Rev. of “Luc Tuymans,” Canadian Art, Fall 2007, Vol. 24, No.3, pp. 135.

Exhibition Rev. of “Marla Hlady,” Canadian Art, Spring 2007 Vol. 24, No.1, pp. 98-102.

2006

Exhibition Rev. of “Where Are We Going? The François Pinault Collection,” Canadian Art, Winter 2006, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 72-73.

 

SELECTED CONFERENCES

2019

Presenter, “Unruly Images: Female Bodies and Feminist Polemics in the Contemporary Avant-Garde.” College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, New York City, United States, February 13-16.

2018

Presenter, “The ‘Porn-Again Avant-Garde’: Transgression and the Contemporary Fashion Vanguard.” Unruly Design: Making, Changing and Breaking Rules, A Colloquium at Parsons School of Design, New York, United States, March 2-3.

2017

Presenter, “Taste and Transgression: Gender and Sexuality in the Contemporary Avant-Garde Fashion of Bernhard Willhelm.” Association of Dress Historians (ADH) Annual Conference, London, United Kingdom, October 26-27.

2015

Session Chair, “Fashion and the Contemporary Avant-Garde.” College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, New York City, United States, February 11-14.

2014

Session Co-Chair, “Intersections between Art and Fashion.” Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC/AAUC) Annual Conference, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada, October 23-36.

Presenter, “Capital of the Contemporary Fashion Avant-Garde: Antwerp and Happy Birthday Dear Academie.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference, New York University, United States, March 20-23.

2013

Presenter, “Bernhard Willhelm: The Contemporary, Sartorial Remembrance and Folk Dress.” Fashioning Identities: Types, Customs, and Dress in a Global Context Symposium at Hunter College, City University of New York, United States, October 18-19.

Presenter, “Artist-Engineer: Arcangelo Sassolino’s Cybernetic Devices.” Association of Art Historians (AAH) 29th Annual Conference, University of Reading, United Kingdom, April 11-13.

Presenter, “Contemporary Avant-Garde Fashion and Placeness.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference, University of Toronto, Canada, April 4-7.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

2018

Rachel Sugar, The Goods, by Vox. The aesthetics of the resistance are blood, sweat, and tears,” November 6.

Jocelyn Silver, PAPER. “The History Behind Melania Trump’s Controversial ‘Colonialist’ Outfits,” October 8.

Gaby Del Valle, The Goods, by Vox. “The backlash to Melania Trump’s safari outfit, explained,” October 8.

Gaby Del Valle, The Goods, by Vox. Why we get so angry over $500 faux-distressed clothes,” September 25.

2017

Ellie Violet Bramley, The Guardian. “Distressed fashion: making sense of pre-ripped clothes,” August 18.