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Current Research

Shamanic Seance of Textiles

Masters' Thesis Exibition

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Research Statement

As a historian of fashion and textiles, material culture and archival materials inform my work. I often use queer and feminist theoretical frameworks to contextualize my narratives. Through applying a sartorial lens, rich social and cultural histories are revealed. The LSU Textile and Costume Museum provides abundant source material to support research and enact curatorial practice. I am particularly interested in the histories of women, the LGBTQ+ community, and the diverse people and cultures of the great state of Louisiana. My secondary area of research practice is design scholarship, where I focus on the creation of art cloth. Narrative discovered during historical research is often used to create textile surface designs using a variety of techniques.

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Research Interests

Fashion & Textile History

Acadian & Louisiana Fashion/Textile History

Queer Theory & Fashion

Material Culture

Curatorial Practice

Surface Design

Notable Publications

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"Ethel Wallace: A Forgotten History of Batik and Fashion."

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"Nostalgic Elegance: The Recurring Style of the Gibson Girl."

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"Fashioning a Male Actress: Charles Pierce."

Select Publications (*student coauthor)

Johnson, Alicia, Michael Mamp, Alexis Quinney, Austin Reeves, and Joshua Simon. “Queering the         

Fashion Classroom: Intersectional Student Perspectives.” In Fashion and Education: The   

Systemic Revolution, edited by Ben Barry and Deborah Christel (in press).

Mamp, Michael. “Ethel Wallace: Forgotten Histories of Batik and Fashion.” The Journal of Modern Craft

14, no. 3 (2021): 253-273.

Mamp, Michael. “Fashioning a ‘Male Actress’: Charles Pierce.” Dress: The Journal of the Costume        

Society of America 47, no. 2 (2021): 121-137.

*Simon, Joshua, and Michael Mamp. “‘Nostalgic Elegance’: The Enduring Style of the Gibson Girl.”      

Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America 47, no. 1 (2021): 61–77.

Mamp, Michael. “The People’s Countess: Fira Benenson.” In The Hidden History of American Fashion:

Women Designers in the 20th Century, edited by Nancy Deihl, 89–104. New York: Bloomsbury,

2018.

*Strifler, Jennise, and Michael Mamp. “‘Let Prudence Plain-Dress Be Your Companion’: Clothing of

Female Preachers During the Second Great Awakening (1790–1865).” Clothing Cultures 4, no. 2

(2017): 117–133.

Mamp, Michael, and Sara B. Marcketti. “Creating a Woman’s Place: The Bonwit Teller Presidency of  

Hortense Odlum, 1934 to 1940.” Fashion, Style & Popular Culture 2, no. 3 (2015): 301–319.

Mamp, Michael, and Sara B. Marcketti. “Mildred Custin: Bonwit Teller’s Man of the Year.” Clothing

Cultures 2, no. 1 (2015): 9–26.

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Curated Exhibitions

Threads of Life, Love, and Loss: An HIV/AIDS Story – forthcoming in partnership with Dr. Denise Nicole            

Green and Brenda Marston using archival material from the Cornell University Human Sexuality          

Collection. Opening at Cornell in the fall of 2022 and at LSU Textile and Costume Museum  in            

fall 2023.

Fashion Future. Fashion designed by students, alumni, and faculty of Central Michigan University in   

partnership with Detroit Month of Design at the CMU Detroit Outreach Center, Detroit, MI.     

September 7-30, 2021.

May I Take Your Hat? Hats of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the collection of the            

department of Textiles, Clothing, & Design at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Robert

Hillestad Textiles Gallery November 2-December 5, 1996.

Select Juried Exhibitions

Mamp, Michael, *Alexis Quinney, and Jennise Strifler. Bubble Bracelet, client-customized bracelet

developed in Rhinoceros 3D-modeling software and printed via various methods. Costume

Society of America Juried Design Exhibition Seattle, WA, April 2019.

Mamp, Michael. “I Want Candy”: 3D Printed Shoe Prototypes, developed in Rhinoceros 3D-modeling

software and printed on Makerbot Z18 3D printer; shoe heel developed via trace of 18th-century

shoe illustration. Costume Society of America Juried Design Exhibition, Portland, ME, May

2017.

Mamp, Michael, and Su Kyoung An. Hidden Words: Cultural Exchanges I, minimal-waste gown 

inspired by traditional Korean Hanbok. Digitally designed and printed Chinese dupioni with 3D- 

printed adornment and beadwork. International Textile and Apparel Association Juried Design     

Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, November 2016.
 

Mamp, Michael. Hidden Words: Memories and Forgotten Prayers I, mixed media wall hanging.     

Costume Society of America Juried Design Exhibition, Cleveland, OH, May 2016.

Mamp, Michael. Hidden Words: Down the Rabbit Hole I, silk noil wall hanging resist and low-water     

immersion dyed, mono-printed, free-form machine embroidery, beading, applique, stamping,     

stenciling, stretched, and framed. Costume Society of America Juried Design Exhibition,     

Cleveland, OH, May 2016.

Mamp, Michael. Hidden Words: Down the Rabbit Hole II, silk noil wall hanging resist and low-water     

immersion dyed, stenciling, gold leaf, discharge printing, free-form machine embroidery, and     

beading stretched and framed. International Textile and Apparel Association Juried Design     

Exhibition, Charlotte, NC, November 2014.

Mamp, Michael. Hidden Words, caftan constructed of hand-dyed, stamped, painted, stenciled,     

embroidered, beaded, and discharge printed silk noil with yarn necklace. International Textile and     

Apparel Association Juried Design Exhibition, Honolulu, HA, 2012.

Mamp, Michael. Hidden Words: Forgotten Prayers II, mixed media wall hanging. International Textile 

and Apparel Association Juried Design Exhibition, Honolulu, HA, 2012.

Art Palace, a Cincinnati Art Museum Podcast

Episode 33: Fashion and Technology with Dr. Michael Mamp and Matthew Martin

Cynthia Amnéus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles, leads a conversation about the ways technologies like 3D printing can affect the world of Fashion. Her guests are Dr. Michael Mamp, Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising & Design at Central Michigan University, and Matthew Martin, 3D scanning professional at Exact Metrology. 

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Women in New York Fashion: Twentieth Century Retail Mavens

Research symposium hosted by Parson New School for Design and Geraldine Stutz trust. 

Makerbot: Meet The Maker Series

“Meet the Maker” series, an ongoing collection of talks that invites makers of every kind to tell us about their experiences and offer lessons on innovation.

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