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.
Fashion & Textile History
Acadian & Louisiana Fashion/Textile History
Queer Theory & Fashion
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,
*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
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.
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
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
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.
Women in New York Fashion: Twentieth Century Retail Mavens
Research symposium hosted by Parson New School for Design and Geraldine Stutz trust.