Graduate Student Spotlights

Marcella Milio

Visual Culture: Costume Studies

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I chose the Costume Studies program at NYU Steinhardt because it offers me to opportunity to expand my research beyond a strictly delineated curriculum geared toward a specific profession. I met with the program director, Professor Nancy Deihl, and her enthusiasm for the subject material and belief in this program helped me to arrive at this decision.
My favorite course:
Costume History I: 1500-1800 because I love this period in the history of Europe. There were many movements in fashion happening along side world exploration, developing economies, and changing social thought. It is a fascinating time to study in terms
My biggest challenge is:
Finding a career that I will be happy in for many years to come.
My favorite blog:
I don't typically follow blogs!
Why I went to Graduate School:
To continuing researching all the subjects that have always held my attention.
The worst gift I've ever received:
A book written from the main character's wardrobe's point of view!
The most obscure research I've ever done:
I researched an ecclesiastical garment from mid-18th century Sicily. It was challenging since there was little information to be found but every breakthrough was very rewarding.
The professor who influenced me the most:
The most influential professor I have had to date at NYU is Professor Nancy Deihl because she is very encouraging and yet helps me to keep everything in perspective.
What I do to de-stress:
I love walking in the park or having dinner with friends. Both of these things always help me get back to Earth!
The place I would most like to visit is:
There are many, many places I would love to visit eventually, but one in particular is Israel. I have always wanted to go to Jerusalem.
My secret passion is:
Opera for everything from the production and costumes to the incredibly talented actors and, of course, the music. My favorite is Cavalleria Rusticana.
My favorite line from a song is:
"Well I guess this is growning up" -Blink 182, Dammit. It was popular around the time I was beginning high school... I thought I was growing up then but I've since realized I'm still growing up!

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Yonkers, New York
What are your plans after you graduate?
My plans after graduation are to teach Costume History.
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
The National Italian Honors Society, Gamma Kappa Alpha Bachelor Degree Cum Laude from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA
Community Service and Other Activities:
I am volunteering at the NEW Life School in Bronx, New York to help put on a fashion show. It is a charter elementry school for children with behavioral disorders. The fashion show has only happened there once before but it was a huge success as it enabled these children to truly feel beautiful and confident in a way they rarely had before. I have also volunteered with Midnight Run organizing winter clothing to be distributed to the homeless of NYC.