Sophie Kurkdjian, PhD


Biographical Note

Sophie Kurkdjian is a Research Fellow at the Institut d'Histoire du Temps Present (IHTP) at the CNRS in Paris. She is also in charge of the Archives Department of the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in Paris. She obtained a PhD in History on the history of Fashion Press, for which she received a thesis award from the Fondation Varenne in 2014.

Before teaching at Erasmus University, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris for three years, working on the fashion periodicals. She also taught different courses in communication and in marketing for undergraduates, as well as in the MAs in Communications in French universities. She co-directs a Research Seminar at the IHTP-CNRS on fashion studies and organizes international symposium on fashion history. In 2017, she co-organized the exhibition “Mode & Femmes, 14-18” at the Forney Library in Paris, and published a special issue of the online journal Apparence(s) on Women and Fashion in the interwar period, France/UK;

Her main lines of research focus on fashion media history, fashion journalists and mediation in the fashion industry. She is a member of the GIS ACORSO (Apparences, Corps et Sociétés) and member of the editorial board of two scientific reviews specialized in fashion studies Apparence(s), Histoire et culture du paraître (dir. Isabelle Paresys) and Modes pratiques (dir. Manuel Charpy).