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Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Costume Studies, New York University

Nancy Deihl, Director of the Costume Studies MA Program, is a historian of fashion and textiles with a specialty in the 19th and 20th centuries. With many years of experience in the field of modern and contemporary art, she is particularly interested in connections between fashion and art practices. She has been with Costume Studies since 2003 and was Adjunct Associate Professor at Fashion Institute of Technology from 2003 to 2011. She edited The Hidden History of American Fashion: Rediscovering 20th-Century Women Designers (2018, Bloomsbury Academic) and co-authored The History of Modern Fashion (2015, Laurence King). Recent articles and book chapters focus on the American designer Zelda Wynn Valdes; skiing and fashion in the 1960s; the modernity of 1920s fashion; and the importance of failure in the fashion cycle. She received her MA in Costume Studies from New York University, and BA in Art History from Rutgers University.


  • 2003–present
    Clinical assistant professor, New York University