BA University of Virginia, 2013
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
MA Thesis: “Nationalizing Fashion: Soviet Women’s Fashion and the West, 1959-1967”
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020
Dissertation: “Soviet by Design: Fashion, Consumption, and International Competition During Late Socialism, 1948-1982”
My dissertation examines the evolution of a Soviet fashion industry and the primary state institution of clothing design, the All-Union House of Design (ODMO). I consider how, during the height of the Cold War, fashion became a vital arena for Soviet self-identity and rivalry with the West. I examine the ODMO’s place within the Soviet state and economy, the impact of the organization domestically and internationally, and the artistic and cultural contexts influencing design.