Job Board

The Costume Society of America is the leading organization of its kind and boasts a membership involved in all aspects of costume-related work. Our Job Board is an ideal way for your organization to reach qualified candidates including dress historians, academics, writers, conservators, curators, costume designers, costumers, fashion designers, clothing dealers, textile specialists and more.

Date posted to CSA website:  August 26, 2013
Position:  YouTube Channel Administrator
Term:  2 year
Start date:  Immediately

Description:  CSA seeks a tech-savvy individual to manage the CSA YouTube Channel and the development of videotaped content. As YouTube Channel Administrator, you will ensure that our channel professionally represents CSA. You will be working closely with the VP of Technology and Social Media Chairperson to help create and post new videos that highlight the best of CSA. This is a great position for someone interested and well-versed in social media and video.

Responsibilities:  As YouTube Channel Administrator you will promote the CSA YouTube Channel, assist in the development of unique video content, maintain current and fresh video offerings, and moderate the channel by responding to viewer queries and comments.

Reports to:  VP of Technology
To apply, contact:  Katherine Hill Winters, Social Media Chair

Date posted: May 22, 2017

Employer: Stephens College

Job Title: Assistant Professor Fashion, Fashion Design and Product Development, Non-Tenure Track

Job Description: By recognizing and developing individual potential, the fashion program educates and challenges students to negotiate the dynamic, global marketplace as distinctive, creative, ethical professionals. We are committed to providing a respectful, supportive, collaborative community that cultivates intellectual agility, marketable creativity, technical excellence and a passion for a life of learning and leading.  The Fashion Program is a member school in the Council of Fashion Designers of America Education Initiatives, YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, and is recognized both nationally and internationally as a fashion school of high caliber.
Type:  9-month faculty position, Non-Tenure Track
Beginning August 14, 2017

•    Teach and develop undergraduate fashion courses, lecture and studio
•    Advising undergraduate students in the fashion program
•    Participate in faculty governance at the program, school and college levels
•    Continued pursuit of professional development and scholarship
•    Working closely with faculty and the dean of the School of Design, the successful candidate will have the ability to shape the on-going development of the fashion curriculum across the four fashion program degrees
•    Teaching responsibilities include introductory through advanced courses within the fashion program.
•    Ability to nurture individual student’s design abilities and strong commitment to design thinking and education
Reports to:  Dean, School of Design

Required Qualifications:
•    M.F.A. with at least one advanced degree in fashion, design, textiles, apparel or closely aligned degree; or Ph.D., with at least one advanced degree in fashion, design, textiles, apparel or closely aligned degree.
•    Expertise in the following areas: apparel design process management; product development; draping and patternmaking; fitting techniques; bespoke or better sewing skills; technologies for fashion design such as digital or 3D printing, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign; fashion promotion and events; portfolio development; technical design/sketching; sustainable and global issues within fashion; design thinking for the fashion marketplace.
•    Evidence of ability to manage and coach groups toward mastery of the skills needed to succeed in the global fashion marketplace
•    Demonstrated accomplishments in developing connections with industry to provide opportunities for student and departmental projects/outreach
•    Strong skill base in both written and visual communications that come from an informed fashion perspective
•    Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including working with groups, meeting deadlines, effective communication and a self-starter ready to take on new challenges

Preferred Qualifications:
•    A minimum of 5 years of demonstrated executive or mid-level experience in the fashion industry within the areas of fashion product development
•    Training and applied practice in fashion drawing and illustration
•    Experience with Lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro, Experience Design; Gerber Patternmaking; Lectra fashion software
•    Record of innovative teaching in higher education
•    Experience in program and curricular development and assessment

Deadline: Open until filled.  Review of applications will begin May 17, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
Employment will require a criminal background check.

Contact: Stephens College is the second oldest women’s college in the country. Since our founding in 1833, we’ve been offering innovative, career-focused programs sound in the liberal arts with a focus on creative arts and sciences. Stephens prepares students to become leaders and innovators in a rapidly changing world. Graduate, online and certificate programs are open to women and men as part of our commitment to lifelong learning. Stephens College is located in Columbia, Missouri, a vibrant college town approximately 120 miles from both Kansas City and St. Louis.  Columbia is consistently rated as a top city in which to live and one of the best college towns in the country. The College prides itself on fostering a close-knit, welcome, student-centered environment. The College prides itself on fostering a close-knit, welcome, student-centered environment. 

Stephens College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. A diverse community on campus is valued. Smoke Free Campus.

To Apply: Applicants should complete the Stephens College online application.  Submit by email attachment, a current curriculum vitae, a list of five references with contact information and cover letter that describes how the applicant’s qualifications and experience align with the job description to

Date posted: January 23, 2017

Employer: Peabody Essex Museum

Job Title: Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles

Job Description: The Peabody Essex Museum seeks a curatorial leader with deep experience in historical, modern and contemporary fashion and textiles and a track record of developing engaging exhibitions. The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles will be active in fashion circles, well versed in current developments in the field, and adept at teasing out connections between fashion, creativity, and culture.

The American textile and costume holdings have historically focused on New England. Fashion, accessories, jewelry, contemporary fiber art, pictorial needlework and samplers, quilts and coverlets, interior design, domestic furnishing textiles and upholstery, military uniforms, and documentary textiles comprise these holdings, which include many aesthetically significant examples and contain extensive documentation, which lends the collection exceptional research value. The American clothing collection, which dates primarily from 1820-1930, is among the ten best in the country. The shoe collection is the largest and most important in the U.S. and of international significance.

In 2009, the museum began a concerted fashion initiative, presenting major exhibitions and collecting 20th- and 21st-century fashion in earnest through major gifts and bequests from nationally and internationally recognized collectors, most notably Iris Apfel. Recently, PEM secured the endowment for a curatorial position dedicated to fashion and textiles and established a Fashion Visiting Committee.


The new curator will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the museum’s forward-looking, team-based program in Fashion and Textiles. This will be accomplished primarily through innovative exhibitions, interpretation and programming, as well as through strategic enhancement of the collection and original research.
The primary responsibilities of the Curator will be to:

  • Work with the Deputy Director and PEM’s curators to establish the direction, goals, and priorities for Fashion and Textiles at the Peabody Essex Museum.
  • Organize exhibitions and secure exhibitions organized by other institutions. The focus will be exhibitions that offer fresh ways of interpreting and appreciating fashion and textiles and fostering a dialogue between historical and contemporary expressions.
  • Organize collection-based installations that integrate engaging ideas and new interpretive methods, immersive experiences, and design as part of the museum’s team-based interpretation initiative. The initial emphasis will be developing the museum’s first gallery dedicated to fashion, scheduled to open in the new wing in 2019. The curator will also serve on other appropriate interpretation teams associated with the museum’s ongoing efforts to provide leadership in the arena of museum interpretation.
  • Develop a systematic plan to strengthen PEM’s fashion and textile collection through strategic acquisitions of historical, modern and contemporary works, long-term loans, research, and conservation initiatives.
  • Enhance and expand the museum’s international network and partnerships with museums to develop and secure opportunities to exchange exhibition projects, loans, and expertise.
  • Cultivate and secure patronage for PEM’s fashion and textile initiatives and for the museum overall in collaboration with the museum’s philanthropy staff and Fashion Visiting Committee.
  • Develop programs and events in conjunction with exhibitions and in collaboration with the education staff that emphasize new ways to provide immersive experiences with fashion and textiles;
  • Serve as an advocate and representative for PEM’s mission, exhibitions, publications, research, programming, and collection, assuring that the museum’s reputation for innovation and scholarship are continually advanced. Sustain an international reputation and profile through publishing, lecturing, organizing or participating in symposia, membership in professional organizations, and other pertinent activities.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have substantial experience working with institutions with extensive collections of fashion and textiles and organizing compelling installations and exhibitions, including nationally and internationally traveling shows; experience with both historical and contemporary fashion and textiles is preferred; an established international network is highly desirable.
  • Have an advanced degree in art history or cultural studies, and a specialty in fashion and textiles (a Master’s degree is required);
  • Be an individual whose intelligence, creativity, and passion are palpable, peripatetic, generous, and infectious.
  • Be an outcome-oriented, hard worker with initiative and high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on;
  • Be a mission-driven individual with a commitment to PEM’s core values and transformative goals, open to experimentation and thinking “outside the box;” predisposed to juxtaposing ideas and objects in new and unexpected ways, including across disciplines and cultures, between different realms of creativity beyond the visual arts, and between the historical and contemporary;
  • Be a good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources, and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into sound, well-organized goals, strategies, and proposals; a partner able to flexibly collaborate with people of diverse areas of expertise, experience, cultures, and personalities; and a tactful negotiator;
  • Be an individual with strong self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a good sense of humor.

PEM recruits internationally. A good command of the English language is required.
Nominations welcome.

Application Materials: Qualified candidates should email their cover letter, résumé (Word documents preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by April 3, 2017 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman and Connie Rosemont, Museum Search & Reference, Apply in confidence. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Deadline: April 3, 2017

Contact: Marilyn Hoffman/Connie Rosemont, email:

There are no positions available at this time.

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