Dr. Alexis Romano is a researcher and curator in the areas of 20th-century fashion and visual culture with a focus on fashion imagery, oral history, and everyday and subjective aspects of dress. She is currently developing an exhibition for the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (2021), and completing her first book, Prêt-à-Porter, Paris and Women, 1945-70: A Cultural History of French Ready-to-Wear, to be published by Bloomsbury in late 2020. It contextualizes French readymade fashion against postwar modernisation and national and gender identities. Alexis also teaches at New York City College of Technology, and will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in September 2020. She co-founded the Fashion Research Network (FRN) in 2013 in London, a platform to promote the work of interdisciplinary fashion researchers, and is currently leading its NY branch.
PhD, Courtauld Institute of Art (Art History, focus: Dress History); MA, Bard Graduate Center (Design History); MA, Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne (Art History)
Prêt-à-Porter, Paris and Women, 1945-68: A Cultural Study of Readymade Dress in France (forthcoming, Bloomsbury).
"La Mode et la Vie de Paris, 1955-1967," in Vogue Paris Cent Ans, ed. Sylvie Lecallier (Paris: Palais Galliera, forthcoming).
"Book Review: Fashioning Professionals: Identity and Representation at Work in the Creative Industries," Journal of Design History 32/4 (November 2019).
"Book Review: European Fashion: the creation of a global industry," Textile History 50/1 (May 2019).
"Exhibition Review: Camp: Notes on Fashion," Domus, May 2019.
"Exhibition Review: The Value of Good Design," Disegno, April 2019.
Co-editor, Special Issue: "Hair Revisited," Fashion Theory. The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, January 2019.
“Exhibition Review: Items: Is Fashion Modern?,” West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 25/2, Fall/Winter 2018, 264-269.
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Textile History, November 2015-November 2018.
With Ellen Sampson, “Fish(ing) nets and Rhizomes: Creating and uncovering the networks of expanded fashion practice,” MODUS, October 2018.
"London after a Curator: An Interview with Alistair O'Neil," Fashion Projects: On Fashion Curation 5, August 2018.
With Ellen Sampson, “The Auteur is Alive and Well Dressed: What Designer Retrospectives Miss,” Vestoj [online] February 2018.
“Exhibition Review: Sara Berman’s Closet,” The Fashion Studies Journal [online], January 2018.
“Get a Room,” Address: Journal for Fashion Criticism [online] November 2017.
"Paris, Prêt-à-Porter and Women in the Fashion Press, 1956-65," in Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968, ed. Colleen Hill (New Haven: Museum at FIT/Yale University, 2017), 221-247.
“Oral History and Dress History: Monique Naudeix in 1960s Paris,” The Fashion Studies Journal [online], October 2016.
Speaker, Seeing American Spaces and Dress in 1970s Color Film Photography, Columbia College, Chicago (February 2020)
Speaker, Gender and Readymade Fashion, Bard Graduate Center (November 2019)
Co-organizer, Fashion and Suffrage, Bard Graduate Center, New York (November 2019)
Speaker, Postwar Paris and Fashion, Brooklyn Museum (September 2019)
Speaker, "Sartorial Stories: Fashion, Autobiography and Staten Island," Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (November 2018)
Co-organizer, "Fashion Unraveled: Memory, Wear and Imperfection in Dress Colloquium," Museum at FIT (September 2018)
Co-organizer, "Space for Fashion Thinking: Review, Revise, Reflect," Coventry University London (September 2017)
Co-chair and co-organizer, “What is Fashion Research?” Fashion Institute of Technology, New York (September 2017)
Speaker, “Reframing the Gaze: Prêt-à-Porter and the Urban Fabric in 1960s French Fashion Magazines,” Revisiting the Gaze: Feminism, Fashion and the Female Body, Chelsea College of Arts, London (June 2017)
Moderator, “Alexis Romano in Conversation with Dal Chodha and Jane Howard of the Archivist,” Reading Fashion Magazines Conference, Courtauld Institute of Art, London (May 2017)
Speaker, “Reframing the Fourth Republic: Modernization, National Image, and the Readymade Industry,” Conference of the Society for French Historical Studies, Washington, DC (April 2017)
Co-organizer, “The Fashionable, Personal and Archival Spaces of Hair Symposium,” Somerset House, London (November 2016)
Speaker, “An Uncertain Utopia: Dress, Bodies and City Space in 1960s French Fashion Imagery,” Fashion Utopias: Then & Now, Somerset House, London (February 2016)
Speaker/Panellist, “Fashion, Movement and Image in 1960s France,” Filming Fashion: Fashioning Film Symposium, Bowes Museum, Durham (October 2015)
Speaker, “Shaping Prêt-à-Porter in the Fourth Republic, 1946-58: The Paris/New York Dialogue,” Fashion, Anglo-American Conference of Historians, London (July 2015)
Speaker, “Interpreting memory and image: women, spaces and dress in 1960s France,” Women Make Fashion/Fashion Makes Women Conference, Courtauld Institute of Art, London (May 2015)
Participant, “Prêt-à-porter and Ambiguous Urban Bodies and Spaces in French Magazines, 1961-1966,” Fashion and the Body Workshop, Centre for Fashion Studies, Stockholm (May 2015)
Co-organizer, “Surfaces and Boundaries: The Legacy of Guy Bourdin,” Somerset House, London (March 2015)
Co-organizer, Association of Dress Historians Annual New Research Day, London (February 2015)
Co-organizer, The Legality of Dress: Historical and modern approaches to the control of clothing production, Association of Dress Historians Annual Conference, London (July 2014)
Co-organizer, Fashion and the Archive, Fashion Research Network Study Day, Royal College of Art, London (June 2014)
Speaker, “Bravo la confection française! Researching French Ready-to-wear, 1947-57: Industry, Modernity, and the Image of Women,” Couture, Fashion and Consumption: Britain/France, 1947-1957, Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent, Paris (April 2014)
Speaker, “Stylisme, Optical Art Surfaces, and Ready-Made Clothing Production in 1960s France,” Postgraduate Symposium, Courtauld Institute of Art, London (March 2014)