Tanya Meléndez-Escalante is senior curator of education and public programs at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT).  At MFIT, Meléndez-Escalante has organized over 100 programs with designers, scholars, and members of the fashion industry. Speakers include Diane Von Furstenberg, Andrew Bolton, Eva Chen, and Andre Leon Talley among others. She holds an MA in Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology (2004, New York) and a BA in Humanities from the Universidad de las Américas – Puebla (2000, México). For over 12 years, she has created projects that provide diverse perspectives on fashion, design, and art. Her research focuses on Mexican fashion.

Prior to moving to the United States, Meléndez-Escalante worked at the British Council Mexico as arts manager, and at Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión, both in Mexico City. She was the Kell-Muñoz fellow at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in 2003-2004 and a Fulbright scholar from 2002-2004. Her BA thesis was awarded best in museum studies in Mexico in 2000, and she was named best MA student by the Dean of Graduate studies at FIT in 2004.

Her publications include: Cross-Pollination: Masterpieces of the Collections (MFIT/Atelier Romo), Moda y Política (Taller FDP/Border) and was contributing author in La comedia y el melodrama en el audiovisual iberoamericano contemporáneo (Iberoamericana Editorial Vervuert), Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color (Thames & Hudson), and Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT (Skira).

Meléndez-Escalante has curated “Eterno Femenino” (2017) as part of the International Contemporary Art Festival in León, “Julia y Renata: Moda y Transformación” (2020) at the Museo de Arte de Zapopan, both in Mexico, and the upcoming “¡Moda Hoy! Latin American Fashion” (2022) at MFIT.

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