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Valerie Steele

Director & Chief Curator, Museum at the Fashion Insititute of Technology

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Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (MFIT).

A leading fashion academic, she holds a PhD from Yale and is the author or co-author of over a dozen books, including A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk (Yale, 2013), Shoe Obsession (Yale, 2013), Fashion Designers A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT (Taschen, 2012) and many others.

She is also the founder of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, and the editor-in-chief of the three-volume Encyclopaedia of Clothing and Fashion (Scribners, 2005). Several of her books have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian.

As a curator, she has worked on numerous exhibitions since 1997, including Shoe Obsession (2013), Daphne Guinness (2011), Gothic: Dark Glamour (2008), Love & War: The Weaponized Woman (2006), and The Corset (2000).

As an author, editor and curator, Steele has been influential in raising public awareness of the cultural and social significance of fashion.


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