Profile: Nancy Deihl
Master Teacher & Dir of Costume Studies
Nancy Deihl, Director of the Costume Studies MA Program, is a historian of fashion and textiles with a specialty in the 19th and 20th centuries. With many years of experience in the field of modern and contemporary art, she is particularly interested in connections between fashion and art practices. She has been with Costume Studies since 2003, first as Program Coordinator and since 2011 as Director. She was Adjunct Associate Professor at Fashion Institute of Technology from 2003 to 2011. Recent writing and editorial projects include guest editorship and numerous contributions to Grove Art Online/Oxford Art Online and an article on the fashion and costume designer Zelda Wynn Valdes for Oxford's African American National Biography. A major new publication, The History of Modern Fashion, co-authored with Daniel James Cole, will be released in September 2015. She received her M.A. in Costume Studies from New York University in 2002.
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When International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde goes to the G8 summit in June, she may well be wearing a scarf – a fashion accessory that she’s become known for, and one that’s been drawing more and more attention. In fact, the BBC recently identified scarves as a “new power symbol” for women. True, just as some men choose amusing neckties to enliven monochrome suits, many women who work in an atmosphere that requires conservative business apparel will wear scarves to add a fillip of color and distinction.