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Costume Studies

The field of Costume Studies is one of the most exciting areas of current visual arts research. Since 1979, the MA program in Costume Studies has focused on the history of dress and textiles in its broadest aesthetic and cultural context. It was the first curriculum in the United States to educate specialists in this field.

MA, Costume Studies

Get a comprehensive education focused on the history of costume and textiles in its broadest aesthetic and cultural context.

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MA, Costume Studies/MSLIS, Library and Information Science

NYU Steinhardt's Costume Studies program, in partnership with Long Island University’s (LIU) Palmer School of Library and Information Science, offers this dual degree.

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Faculty

Nancy Deihl

Department Chair and Clinical Assistant Professor

nbd2012@nyu.edu

Rachel Lifter

Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director

rachel.lifter@nyu.edu

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The MA in Costume Studies focuses on fashion as an important cultural product in the context of material culture and the fine and decorative arts. It was the first curriculum in the United States to educate specialists in this field.

Events

Fashion In/Action: Dressing for Global Unrest

MA Costume Studies presents "Fashion In/Action: Dressing for Global Unrest." This exhibition tells the story of 2020 through the lens of fashion, a medium that has emerged as an important site for building community, solidarity...

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Information Sessions

Every year there are a number of Information Sessions on site and online for prospective students. These sessions will give insights into its requirements and what to expect from the program.

Please contact us if you are interested in learning about upcoming dates.