Colleen Hill is curator of costume and accessories at the Museum at FIT in New York. Her recent, critically acclaimed special exhibitions include Exhibitionism: 50 Years of the Museum at FIT (2019), Paris Refashioned, 1957–1968 (2017), and Fairy Tale Fashion (2016). Opening at the museum in 2022 is Reinvention and Restlessness: 1990s Fashion.
Hill was the curator of Exposed: A History of Lingerie (2014) and the author of its companion publication. Her other exhibitions include Shoe Obsession (2013), cocurated with Valerie Steele, as well as Fashion A-Z: Part One and Part Two (2011-12), Sporting Life (2011), His & Hers (2010-11), Eco-Fashion: Going Green (2010), Seduction (2008-9), and Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion (2008). With Jennifer Farley, she is coauthor of the book Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present, and Future. Hill and Farley won the 2010 Richard Martin Exhibition Award from the Costume Society of America for Eco-Fashion: Going Green.
Hill earned an MA in fashion and textile studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and a BA in art history from Michigan State University in East Lansing. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at the London College of Fashion.
Hill has lectured on the history of fashion across the United States and in England, Scotland, and Denmark, and is a founding member of the Fashion Studies Alliance.
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