Graduate Student Spotlights

Ariel da Fonte

Visual Culture: Costume Studies

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I studied fashion in my undergraduate program and wanted to broaden my knowledge of fashion history. NYU provides the perfect place for that in the Costume Studies program.
My favorite course:
20th Century Costume
My biggest challenge is:
Finding a job post graduation in this difficult economic climate
My favorite blog:
Why I went to Graduate School:
To broaden my knowledge
The worst gift I've ever received:
A cutting board
The most obscure research I've ever done:
Fashion Dolls in late 18th Century France
The professor who influenced me the most:
Elizabeth Marcus
What I do to de-stress:
Take a nap
The place I would most like to visit is:
My secret passion is:
Collecting vintage issues of Vogue magazine
My favorite line from a song is:
"JoJo left his home in Tucson, Arizona for some California grass"

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Tempe, Arizona
What are your plans after you graduate?
To work in a fashion designer's archive
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Recieved George T. Dorsch Grant
Community Service and Other Activities:
Work with homeless dogs