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Nancy Deihl

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Costume Studies

Art and Art Professions


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 taught at Fashion Institute of Technology from 2003 to 2011. Deihl co-authored, with Daniel James Cole, The History of Modern Fashion (2015: Laurence King) and is the editor of The Hidden Histories of American Fashion: Rediscovering 20th-century Women Designers (2018: Bloomsbury). Other recent writing and editorial projects include guest editorship and numerous contributions to Grove Art Online/Oxford Art Online, an article on the fashion and costume designer Zelda Wynn Valdes for Oxford's African American National Biography, articles in Vestoj and The Conversation. Her chapter on modernist fashion of the 1920s appeared in Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form (2017: James A. Michener Art Museum). She lectures widely on fashion history topics and is a board member of the Mid-atlantic Region of Costume Society of America. Deihl received her MA in Costume Studies from New York University in 2002.