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Eugenia Paulicelli – Professor of Italian and Women’s Studies

Eugenia Paulicelli is the founder and director of Fashion Studies (Track in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and PhD Concentration) at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is interested on the impact of culture and the arts on the Made in Italy. In particular, she explores the role of fashion narrative and story-telling in literature, film, media, branding and digital platforms; the concept of Made in Italy as brand and meta-brand, fashion and the role of women in the industry.

She has been designing and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses focused on fashion, theory, culture and film since 1998. She organized the first international academic conference on “Italian Fashion: Identities, Transformation, Production” funded and co-sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Trade Commision (ICE, NY October, 2002). She also originated and coordinates two digital projects on  “Made in Italy” (The Made-in-Italy-Lab) and on “Archiving Fashion, Objects, Textiles: History, Memory, Story-telling.”

Among her latest publications, Fashion under Fascism. (Berg: 2004); The Fabric of Cultures. Fashion, Identity, Globalization (co-editor, Routledge: 2009); Writing Fashion in Early Modern Italy. From Sprezzatura to Satire (Ashgate: 2014); “The Cultural Economy of Made in Italy” (Fashion Practice: 2014); Fashion is a Serious Business. Rosa Genoni. Milan Expo 1906 and The Great War (bilingual edition, Deleyva: Milan, 2015); Italian Style. Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age (Bloomsbury Academics: 2016, forthcoming); Guest Co-Editor of the Women’s Studies Quarterly  dedicated to Fashion (CUNY Feminist Press: Fall 2013); Guest Editor of Journal of Modern Italian Studies, special issue dedicate to Italian Fashion: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, (Winter 2015).

She has also co-curated the exhibition The Fabric of Cultures, Queens  College, The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, (Spring 2006) and curated Fashion + Film: the 1960s Revisited, The James Gallery at the Graduate Center (Spring 2010). She has been invited to lecture in major European and Italian Universities (University of Bologna, University of Venice, the Politecnico in Milan, IULM, Milan, University of Bari, IED, Roma, University of London, Cambridge University, London College of Fashion, Stockholm University) and in China (University of Nimgbo) and in the US (Yale University, Harvard University, Wellesley College, New York University etc) and as a key note speakers in conferences in Europe and the US. She has received several grants and awards, and in 2013 she received the honor of being the “Benjamin Meeker Visiting Professor” at the University of Bristol, UK and gave lectures on Italian fashion and cinema.

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