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Michael E. Mamp, Ph.D.


Director and Curator LSU Textile & Costume Museum

Associate Professor

Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising

330 Tower Drive

141 Human Ecology Building

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA 70803


M-F 10 am -12 pm & 1-4 pm

First Sunday of each month 2-4 pm

Closed on holidays

Admission is always free!

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As a fashion historian, curator, designer, and educator, I engage with material culture to unravel the complex histories and meanings of fashion as product and cultural symbol. In 2018 I was inducted as a member of the Scholar's Round-table of the Costume Society of America; in 2021, I was awarded a paper of distinction in the historic track by the International Textile and Apparel Association. My research has been published widely in leading journals such as Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America and the Journal of Modern Craft. I have been frequently quoted by the press as a fashion expert in outlets such as The New York Post, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Bloomberg News Radio. My work has led to speaking engagements at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, Cornell University, Buffalo State University, Parsons the New School of Design, the LSU Museum of Art, and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

I teach courses including Queer Fashion, History of Fashion, History of Textiles, and Draping. I have led domestic and international study tours to Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, and Paris. In 2019 I was recognized with the International Textile and Apparel Association Excellence in Teaching Award; in 2020, I was my institution's winner of the Mid-American Conference's Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success. My student-centered approach to instruction has led to the development and delivery of courses in various formats, including face-to-face, hybrid, hyflex, online asynchronous, and online synchronous. My belief in the transformational and life-affirming power of higher education drives me to provide the best learning experience possible for my students.

Before pursuing a career in academia, I worked in the fashion industry for fourteen years in various store operations and visual merchandising roles for brands such as Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lane Bryant.

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Select Honors and Awards




Paper of Distinction Historic Track: “Ethel Wallace: Forgotten Histories of Batik and Fashion,” International Textile and Apparel Association

International Textile and Apparel Association Excellence in Teaching Award

Scholars’ Roundtable, Costume Society of America

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Iowa State University

History of Dress
Studio Arts: Fibers



University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Fashion & Textile Design

Theatrical Costuming



Central Michigan University

Apparel, Merchandising, & Design

Journalism & French

Courses Taught

  • History of Fashion: Ancient World to 1850

  • History of Modern Fashion

  • History of Textiles

  • Fashion in Paris: International Study Tour

  • Queer Fashion

  • Graduate Seminar: Fachion Curation & Exhibition

  • Draping

Professional Affiliations

  • Costume Society of America

  • Costume Society UK

  • International Textile & Apparel Association

  • Louisiana Historical Association

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