Staten Island Mode: Curator Tour

Co-curator Alexis Romano will lead you on an in-depth guided visit of the exhibition Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion. Learn about the creative process and what goes into creating a large-scale, community-driven project.

WHEN: October 22 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
WHERE: Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Main Hall Gallery, Building C (View campus map and directions here)
ADMISSION: General admission: $10.00 (includes gallery admission)
Snug Harbor members: $8.00 (includes gallery admission) | BUY TICKETS HERE 

About the exhibition

Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion – the first major contemporary fashion exhibition on Staten Island – is a community-driven exploration of what people wear and why, in relation to personal and local identity. The exhibition is a visual and material manifestation of memories and experiences of Staten Island collected and commissioned by guest curators Jenna Rossi-Camus and Alexis Romano, who grew up on Staten Island.

About the curators

Alexis Romano is a writer, curator and lecturer of fashion studies, design history and visual culture. Her work explores 20th-century fashion and photography, women’s history and everyday, subjective aspects of dress. She is a faculty member at Parsons School of Design, as well as US Editor of WeAr Global Magazineand a co-founder of the Fashion Research Network. Her book Prêt-à-Porter, Paris and Women: A Cultural Study of French Readymade Dress, 1945-1968 was published by Bloomsbury in 2022, and she contributes regularly to fashion, arts and culture publications including VestojDomus, and Disegno. She held a 2020-21 postdoctoral fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and earned her PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Jenna Rossi-Camus is fashion curator, historian and artist from Travis, Staten Island; currently based in Margate, UK. She is an associate lecturer at University of the Arts London, where she teaches fashion history, theory and curation. She holds an MA and PhD from UAL London College of Fashion, where her practice-based doctoral research explored site-responsive exhibition-making as a strategy for the display of dress in historic buildings. Rossi-Camus has curated exhibitions including T-Shirt: Cult, Culture and Subversion (Fashion & Textile Museum London, 2018), Fashion & Freedom (Manchester Art Gallery, 2016) and Women, Fashion, Power (Design Museum London, 2014). Prior to pursuing curatorial work, she worked as a theatrical costume designer, vintage textile archivist and prop stylist for fashion advertising.