Sophie Kurkdjian

Assistant Professor
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Professor Kurkdjian has been teaching cultural and social history of clothing and fashion at the American University of Paris since September 2020. As a Research Fellow at the Institut d'histoire du temps (CNRS) since 2012, she organizes a research seminar on the cultural history of fashion. In 2018, she created the research network Culture(s) de Mode in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of France. This network of more than 350 members brings together the various fashion players (researchers, designers, museum curators, archivists, journalists, students, etc.) and aims to develop research around fashion in France. As an exhibition curator, in 2017 she organized the exhibition "Mode & Femmes, 14-18" at the Forney Library in Paris. In 2019, this exhibition traveled to New York to the Bard Graduate Center Gallery under the title "French Fashion, Women and the First War".

Following her studies in cultural history, Kurkdjian completed in 2013 her PhD on the history of fashion press and publishers in the early 20th century. After a research project on the historical construction of the status of "fashion capital" of Paris, between 1858 and 1947, she is currently working on the history of work and female workers in the clothing and fashion industry between 1880 and 1940. 

Research Areas and Areas of Expertise:
• Cultural history of fashion
• Sociology of fashion
• Fashion media
• Fashion and Images
• Fashion and technologies
• Fashion and politics


2013: PhD in History, University Paris I. Dissertation: « Lucien Vogel et Michel de Brunhoff, parcours croisés de deux éditeurs de presse illustrée au XXe siècle ».
2009 : Professional Master’s degree (MA), History and Cultural Heritage, University Paris I.
2008:Research Master’s degree (MA) in Contemporary History, University Paris I
2006:Three-year degree (BA) in History, University Paris I.
2004: Two-year preparatory course (Hypokhâgne – Khâgne (History)), Lycée Chaptal, Paris.