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Fashion Unraveled Colloquium: Dr. Katie Knowles “An African American Family Story of Slavery and Freedom as Told by a Calico Skirt"
Inspired by the MFIT exhibition Fashion Unraveled and organized by MFIT and the Fashion Research Network, this one-day colloquium explored the concepts of memory, wear, and imperfection in fashion. Speakers focused on imperfect garments and the significance of dressing as a habitual, intimate, and ephemeral act.
Katie Knowles joined the Avenir Museum and the Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University as Avenir Curator and Assistant Professor in 2017. She holds a PhD in history from Rice University (2014) in Houston, Texas; her dissertation title was Fashioning Slavery: Slaves and Clothing in the United States South, 1830-1865. In addition to her scholarly training, Knowles has worked in museums for more than 10 years, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; and the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
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