Alexis Romano is a writer, lecturer and curator within the fashion industry, design history and visual culture. Her work explores 20th-century fashion, photography, gender, oral history, clothing archives, and everyday, subjective aspects of dress to broaden fashion authorship (and access) and challenge design hierarchies.
Before completing her PhD at London's Courtauld Institute of Art, Alexis studied art and design history in New York and Paris. She now teaches Fashion Studies at Parsons, the New School for Design and is US Editor of WeAr Global Magazine. She was the 2020-21 Curatorial Fellow at the Met Museum's Costume Institute. In 2013 Alexis co-founded the London-based Fashion Research Network, to promote fashion research and connect its global community of transdisciplinary researchers.
She is the author of Prêt–a-Porter, Paris and Women: A Cultural Study of French Readymade Fashion, 1945-68 (Bloomsbury, 2022). Alexis lectures widely and her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and arts and culture publications such as Vestoj, Photography & Culture, Fashion Theory, Domus, Aesthetica, and Disegno. Her exhibition Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion is now on view at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art.