Simone Serwer is a dress historian and the founder of Stanton + Williams Style Therapy, a fashion consulting firm that addresses the semiotics of clothing. Her career in fashion includes working in the design department of the contemporary brand Theory, as a member of the marketing team at Eileen Fisher, and assisting Project Runway’s Tim Gunn while he was the chair of the Fashion Design program at Parsons School of Design. She is a 2010 graduate of the M.A. in Visual Culture: Costume Studies + Fashion Theory program at New York University and earned a certificate in Image Consulting from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Simone explores the manners in which dress is used as non-verbal communication and how marginalized members of society employ it as a means of assimilation. Matter of Dress examines dress as material culture, with an emphasis on identity construction, class and consumption. Simone has also lectured on dress and material culture at the New School and most recently presented research at the Florida Consortium for Women’s Studies Conference and the Mid-America American Studies Association Conference at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the Costume Society of America and divides her time between New York and Miami.

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