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Monica Stevens Smyth is the collections manager at the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC), and was most recently the lead curator of the exhibition Philadelphia Store-y: 25 Years of Nicole Miller Philadelphia. She holds a BS in Fine Art and an MS in Fashion Design and is currently pursuing an MS in Communication, Culture & Media at Drexel.
Her work at the FHCC includes exhibition curation, care of objects, assisting students with object research, and teaching and developing costume history curriculum for the art history department. Her pedagogical approach to costume history utilizes students’ interest in fashion as the impetus for them to begin thinking critically about social and ideological forces behind the aesthetics of dress.
Additionally, she is the Instagram account manager for the FHCC. Learn more about the FHCC here.