As a professor, I research, write and publish scholarship on the history of American clothing, but I am hesitant to say I study fashion. I study dress; I study marketing and business; I study American culture. I teach undergraduates and graduate students that what we wear says so very much about who we are.
So who am I?
My father is a sociologist and my mother is an avid Vogue reader who wore leather pants to run PTA meetings. I believe wholeheartedly that if there is such a thing as fate (and I’m not sure if there is), then I was fated to study the social and cultural meanings of clothing.
What do I wear?
I love high-quality knitwear, preferably Italian; I collect t-shirts from Pittsburgh, my beloved city; and I dress my kids in quirky clothes salvaged from thrift stores and sale racks. I don’t sew, but I wish that I could.
I fell in love with The Great Gatsby in Miss Riley’s ninth grade English class, and I’ve studied F. Scott Fitzgerald ever since.