Kimberly M. Jenkins
Founder and Principal Researcher
Kim is Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University, lecturing previously at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. Kim designed an elective course and exhibition entitled, Fashion and Race, sharing her insight at SXSW and Google HQ. Her expertise on fashion, race and cultural awareness has led to academic advising work for Gucci, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and the Centraal Museum. Kim holds an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Learn more about her story and her work at her website.
Laura Beltrán-Rubio specializes in the history of art and fashion in the early modern Spanish World. She is a doctoral candidate at the College of William and Mary and received her MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Her dissertation explores the adoption and adaptation of European fashions, their fusion with local Indigenous elements of dress, and their representation in portraits and pictures of types in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in the second half of the eighteenth century.
Alliya Lopez is an MA Fashion candidate at the Creative School at Ryerson University, and she received her B.F.A. in Visual Studies from the University of Calgary. Her interests include diversity and representation in fashion, especially the colorism that takes place in the beauty industry. Born in the Philippines, Alliya has witnessed the prominence of skin whitening practices in Asian communities, and she is passionate about dissecting and analyzing their effects in her research.
Research and Editorial Intern
Gillani Peets is a multi-media journalism student at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School. His areas of research include Afro-Diaspora history, culture studies, film studies, and queer activism. Through storytelling and social commentary, Gillani hopes to bring a new perspective to fashion history.
Kendall is interested in the intersection of race, power, and aesthetics, and how a deeper understanding of this relationship can be leveraged to inform fashion industry practices. She hopes to facilitate resources and tools necessary to effect long-lasting change in the industry. She is an MBA candidate at Yale School of Management, and she received her B.S. in Economics and African American Studies from Harvard University. Kendall hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and she has a diverse range of experiences in retail, nonprofit, and consulting.
Anthony Palliparambil, Jr.
Anthony currently teaches in the school of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design, where he received an MA in Fashion Studies. He also holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is in the public art collections of the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, West Virginia University, and the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Anthony also serves on the editorial board of The Fashion Studies Journal. Learn more about Anthony on his website.
Daniela Hernandez is a nontraditional fashion scholar and consumer fascinated by the power of fashion, fast & slow, historical & contemporary. As a graduate of Hampshire College with a B.A. in Global Fashion Studies, Daniela is committed to dismantling oppressive power structures in the global fashion industry and beyond. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Daniela is a first generation Mexican-American immersed in a broader view of the Los Angeles arts sector through her background in arts administration, nonprofit bookkeeping, costuming, and museum production.
RJ is founder of Auut Studio, which is dedicated to taking an intersectional approach and centering the work of people of color. RJ’s vision is to find new creative methods for interacting with the significant historical figures of the past. To this work he brings his direct experience in cartography and data visualization (see MonroeWorkToday.org), as well as experience learned in Silicon Valley for championing the final audience/ reader over the expert in the room.
Kai Toussaint Marcel