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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 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 Professor, Fashion and Textile Studies
BA, University of Tennessee; MA, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York
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, Associate Professor, Fashion and Textile Studies
BA, MA University of Missouri–Columbia; MA, Columbia University
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.
Rebecca Kelly, Professor, Fashion and Textile Studies
BA, MS, University of Rhode Island
Rebecca J. Kelly is a dress historian, in addition to teaching in FIT's History of Art department and Fashion and Textile Studies graduate program. She 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. Kelly worked for many years as a conservator, holding positions at The Preservation Society of Newport County, and later at The Museum at FIT. She continues to work as a consultant, assisting numerous organizations with the interpretation and installation of textile exhibitions. Kelly is 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.
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.
Bernice Morris, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fashion and Textile Studies
MA, University of Southhampton; BA, University of Birmingham
Sara Reiter, Adjunct Instructor, Fashion and Textile Studies
BA, Oberlin College; MS, University of Delaware
Nancy Robertson, Adjunct Instructor, Fashion and Textile Studies
BA, McGill University; MA, New York University
Katie Sabo, Adjunct Instructor, Fashion and Textile Studies
BFA, Reed College
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 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. Scaturro 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 Exhibiting Fashion, a website devoted to exploring fashion and textile exhibitionism.
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; MS, New York University
Deborah Trupin, Adjunct Assistant Professor
BA, University of Pennsylvania; MA and Certificate in Conservation, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University