Costume Society of America’s Conversations on Dress Spotlight on Grads: Studying Subcultures
April 14, 2021
7:00 – 8:00 PM EST
Costume Society of America is highlighting emerging scholars! Join them on Wednesday, April 14, to hear about the budding research and designs from graduate students studying subcultures. They will feature Summer Lee from Fashion Institute of Technology, Rebecca Rranza of Parsons School of Design, and Kyra Streck of Iowa State. Subculture enthusiast Danny Fuentes is the guest moderator.
Summer Lee received a BA in Communications and Media from the City University of New York in 2019. She has held curatorial internships with the Historic House Trust of New York City and Girl Museum, and is a contributing writer for the FIT Fashion History Timeline. After graduating with her MA in Fashion and Textile Studies, Summer will pursue a curatorial career working with contemporary and historic dress. She looks forward to presenting her thesis research at the CSA National Symposium this May.
Rebecca Rranza is a Fashion Studies graduate student at Parsons School of Design in NYC. She holds a degree in History from Michigan State University where she completed work on fashion and feminism history. Her recent research is centered around New York City Nightlife Fashions in the 1990s. She has written on “It-Girls”, fashion in the 1990s, and clubbing.
Kyra Streck is a first-year Master’s student at Iowa State University studying Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and Management from Cornell University. She is a recipient of the Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet Endowed Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantship. Her research background and interests include queer and genderqueer individuals’ relationships to dress and informal economies used amongst these communities, including DIY and the circulation of these practices via the Internet.
Danny Fuentes is the Creative Director and Curator for Lethal Amounts gallery and clothing, specializing in subculture and music-driven exhibitions. The Gallery covers several areas of interest including Genesis P-Orridge, Kembra Pfahler, Bruce Labruce, Edward Colver and more. Lethal Amounts has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Art News, New York Times, Huffington Post and more.