Master Teacher and Director of Costume Studies
Nancy Deihl, Director of the Costume Studies MA Program, is a historian of fashion and textiles who specializes in the period from the mid-19th century to the present. With many years of experience in the field of modern and contemporary art, she is particularly interested in connections between fashion and art practices. She has been with Costume Studies since 2003, first as Program Coordinator and since 2011 as Director. She was Adjunct Associate Professor at Fashion Institute of Technology from 2003 to 2011. Recent writing and editorial projects include guest editorship and numerous contributions to Grove Art Online/Oxford Art Online and an article on the fashion and costume designer Zelda Wynn Valdes for Oxford's African American National Biography. A major new publication, The History of Modern Fashion, co-authored with Daniel James Cole, was released in September 2015. She is currently editing a book on American fashion designers. Deihl received her MA in Costume Studies from New York University in 2002.