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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.

Purple gloves on clothing item.

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.

Students in class with clothing.

Faculty

Nancy Deihl

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Costume Studies

nbd2012@nyu.edu

Rachel Lifter

Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director

rachel.lifter@nyu.edu

Follow NYU Costume Studies

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

There are events throughout the year that present the work of current students and alumni through exhibitions and symposia. In addition, there are public events that highlight the faculty and other leading figures in the field of Costume Studies. 

Information Sessions

Online Information Session, MA Costume Studies

Join us for an online information session to learn about the MA Costume Studies programs.

Online Information Session, MA Costume Studies

Join us for an online information session to learn about the MA Costume Studies programs.

Online Information Session, MA Costume Studies

Join us for an online information session to learn about the MA Costume Studies programs.

Online Information Session, MA Costume Studies

Join us for an online information session to learn about the MA Costume Studies programs.