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Collected Item: “Kate Sekules”


Kate Sekules


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Teaching or research post(s)

Pratt Institute History of Art & Design Dept; PhD candidate at Bard Graduate Center

Overview of work

Engaged in constructing the hitherto invisible history of theory of mending.

Bio or CV

Kate Sekules is a PhD candidate in Material Culture and Design History at Bard Graduate Center, New York, researching mending cultures and related fields. She has lectured on the history, methodologies, and contexts of textile repair at institutions including Parsons, NYU, FIT, and Tufts, and taught mending workshops at RISD Museum, Winterthur Museum, and the Textile Arts Center, New York, among many others. She is a board member of the Ethical Fashion Forum and Common Objective,, UK, and sits on the advisory council of the New Standard Institute, NYC. She holds an M.A in Costume Studies from NYU. Her book MEND! A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto was published by Penguin in fall 2020.

Research area(s)

Multidisciplinary research at the intersections of repair and conservation, archaeological anthropology, and dress history.


Material culture, dress history


Bard Graduate Center, Pratt Institute

Course(s) taught

History of Modern Fashion

Home City or Region

New York
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