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Monica Sklar

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Assistant Professor & Liaison to the Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection

200C Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

msklar@uga.edu

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Design-History & Culture emphasis University of Minnesota 2010

Research

My three main areas of study are 1. 20th/21st century design history, theory, & criticism 2. Social-cultural aspects of dress in conjunction with merchandising, retailing, and consumers, 3. Museum and archival work pertianing to clothing particualrly regarding diversity and digitization. Much of my scholarship pertains to modern social movements, subculture, popular music, and visual culture as focused on identity, community and consumption.

Teaching

Currently I teach undergrad/grad split level courses including TXMI 4290/6290: History of Dress and Fashion 19thc to the Present, TXMI 3230 Pop Culture and Fashion, and 3210 Fundamentals of Fashion. Recently I have taught TXMI 4240/6240: Promotion and Visual Display. I also curate and collections manage the Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection https://www.fcs.uga.edu/tmi/historic-clothing-and-textile-collection

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection Liaison and Collections Manager 2016 - Present

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Grants and Awards from the Pasold foundation, Willson Center for Humanities and the Arts, the Costume Society of America 2016-present
Mentored two research assistants to win the FACS Burton-Fowler Undergraduate Research Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2018
Mentored one graduate student to win the CSA Jim Liles Research Award twice
Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year College of Design, University of Minnesota 2010

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board Journal of Punk and Post-Punk

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Costume Society of America Vice President of Technology 2016-present Executive Committee
Costume Society of America Midwest Region Board Member 2015-16

Outreach

Liaison to the Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection, University of Georgia

Reviewer: Dress Journal, Clothing & Textiles Research Journal, Bloomsbury Publishers, Palgrave Publishers

Editorial Board: Punk + Post Punk Journal

Certified LGBT Safe Space personnel

Frequent commentator on subculture and style including in media such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, NY Post, National Public Radio, Le Monde, 99% Invisible podcast, Bustle blog, Dressed podcast, and institutions including Cornell University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Maryland, Chicago History Museum

Areas of Expertise

Punk, Archiving, Merchandising

Books

Sklar, M. (2013). Punk Style. Oxford: Bloomsbury.

Sklar, M. (2021, in process). Book about punk fashion production and consumption, history, stores, brands, interviews. Publisher TBD.

Current Research

Currently I am studying United States subculture and merchandising, specifically production, consumption, and embodiment. It is espcailly focused on punk. I am connecting the merchandising experience to history, identity development, community building, social dissent, and trends.

Furthermore, my scholarship and interests are in modern museum practice and outreach, with a focus on digital humanities, public outreach, democratization of historical content, and inter-institutional collaboration. I also work with a private collection of Syrian historic garments on research and archiving.

Journal Articles

Sklar, M., Barrow, C. (U). & Wear, P. (Published online June, 2020. Print 2021). Uniform Ideals: the American Dream and Motown Records’s Image Making. Dress Journal. Peer reviewed.

Sklar, M., Helfortt, C.(U)., & Kitchens, F. (U). (May, 2020). Punk merchandising and learning a lifestyle. Clothing Cultures Journal, 6(2). Peer reviewed.

Sklar, M., Strubel, J., & Haenfler, R. (Accepted 2019, print date 2020). Sold out or Bought in? Complexities of the X Swatch as subcultural accessory for the straight edge scene. Journal of Fashion and Popular Culture.

Sklar, M., Autry, S.(U)., & Klas, L. (U).  (Accepted 2019 print date 2020). Symbols & silhouettes: Punk aesthetics and the fashion cycle. Fashion Practice Journal. Peer reviewed.

Strubel, J., Sklar, M., (Accepted 2019 print date 2020). Fred Perry: Polos for all. Studies in Symbolic Interaction Journal. Peer reviewed.

Sklar, M., & Donahue, M.(U). (2018). Process over product: 1990s United States hardcore and emo subcultures and DIY consumerism. Punk + Post-Punk Journal, 7(2). Peer reviewed.

Sklar, M. & DeLong, M. (2013). Punk dress in the workplace: Expression and Accommodation. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 30(4), 285-299.

Kang, M., Sklar, M., & Johnson, K.K.P. (2011). Men at work: Using dress to create and communicate identities. Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management (15)4.

DeLong, M., Gage, K., Park, J., & Sklar, M. (2010). From renegade to regular Joe: The black leather jacket’s value for bikers. International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, 6(2).

Publications

Sklar, M. & Donahue, M.(U) (Accepted 2019, print date 2020, 33 pages). Punk t-shirts, the fashion cycle, and postmodernism. In Gina Arnold & George McKay (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock. Oxford University Press: Oxford University Press.

Sklar, M. (2019). Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986 Exhibition and Shepard Fairey: Salad Days, 1989–1999, Exhibition Review. Punk + Post-Punk Journal, 8(1), 173-181.

Sklar, M. (2019). This is not Fashion: Streetstyle past present and future, Book review. Dress Journal, 45(1), 95-97.

Brewster, M. (G), Sklar, M. (Accepted, presentation cancelled due to Corvid-19 ). Who is she fooling????': Negotiating Authenticity in Celebrity Skincare Videos" Costume Society of America national symposium.

Brewster, M. (G), Sklar, M. (Accepted, presentation cancelled due to Corvid-19). Part Fandom, Part Fashion: YouTube Fan Apparel as Affective Merchandise. Popular Culture Association national symposium.

Sklar, M., Strubel, J., & Haenfler, R. (Accepted, presentation cancelled due to Corvid-19). X Swatch and Straightedge Cues: Consumer fashion products and subcultural community, identity, and authenticity. Popular Culture Association national symposium.

Sklar, M. Hill, K. (Accepted, 2020 presentation cancelled due to Corvid-19). Digitizing private collections: Syrian clothing and a nearly-lost heritage. Costume Society of America national symposium.

Morgan, J.(G), & Sklar, M. (2019). Should I Stay or Should I Go: Gender-related Responses to Experiences While Wearing the High School Marching Band Uniform. Proceedings of the Costume Society of America Southeast Region symposium. Peer reviewed, won CSA student award.

Brewster, M. (G), Sklar, M. (2019). Fashioning the Influencer: A Literature Review. Proceedings of the Costume Society of America Southeast Region symposium. Peer reviewed.

Strubel, J., & Sklar, M., (April 2019). Fred Perry: A multi-modal subcultural garment. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the Pop Culture Association national symposium. Peer reviewed.

Sklar, M., & Donahue, M.(U). (April 2019). The process is more punk than the product. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the Costume Society of America national symposium. Peer reviewed.

Morgan, J.(G), & Sklar, M. (2018). Too geek to not to geek: The high school band uniform. Proceedings of the Costume Society of America Southeast Region symposium. Peer reviewed, won CSA student award.

Sklar, M.,& Donohue, M. (2018, February). Archiving Punk Merchandising Experiences: The Contribution of Retail to the Development of Subcultural Identity, Community, Art, and Dissent.  [Abstract]. Proceedings of University of California Los Angeles Curating Resistence Conference, Center for Musical Humanities.

Sklar, M., Erlich, R. & Donohue, M. (2017, September). The History of subcultural retail in the United States. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the meeting of the Costume Society of America Southeast Region.

Sklar, M., McElvain, J., & Harpham, M. (2017, November). Dior to disco: Second wave feminism and fashion. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association

Sklar, M. & Binns, O. (2017, November). Motown Style and the American Dream. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association.

Sklar, M. (2016, October). Subculture Bibliographic Article & Lesson Plans. In Joanne Eicher (Ed.) Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion [Online edition].

Sklar, M. (2016, October). Subcultural Style: Punk. In Valerie Steele (Ed. and Curator) Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive [Online edition].

Sklar, M. & Michel, L. (2012). “The punk palette: Subversion through color” in Delong, M. & Martenson, B. (Eds.) Color and Design. Oxford: Berg Publishers.

DeLong, M., Gage, K., Park, J., & Sklar, M. (2011). The black leather jacket. Included in the online edition of the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion.

Refereed Proceedings - Also an Oral Paper Presentation:
Sklar, M. (2014, September). Invisible woman: Instructor presence in online apparel courses. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the meeting of the Costume Society of America Midwest Region.

Sklar, M. and Delong, M. (2010, May) Punk dress in the workplace: Rebellion and routine at a crossroads. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the national meeting of the Costume Society of
America, 36.

DeLong, M., Gage, K., Sklar, M., & Park, J. (2009, May) Renegade to regular Joe: Shifting borders of the black leather jacket. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the national meeting of the
Costume Society of America, 35.

Kang, M., Sklar, M., & Johnson, K. (2008, November). Men at work: Fashioning identities. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the International Textile and Apparel Association, USA, 65.

Sklar, M. & Ghosh, S. (2005). Hot fabrics: Trend analysis and consumer reactions to thermal reactive textiles. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the International Textile and Apparel Association,
USA, 62, 567.

Sklar, M., Ghosh, S., & Welker, K. (2004). Consumer interest in smart textiles for the apparel market. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the International Textile and Apparel Association, USA, 61,
293.

Refereed Presentations Not Published as Proceedings:

DeLong, M., Gage, K., Sklar, M., & Park, J. (2009, April). Putting on the leathers: The identity of the black leather jacket. Paper presentation at the Popular Culture Association/American

Culture Association, New Orleans, LA.

DeLong, M., Gage, K., Sklar, M. (2008, May). Regalia for the road: Looking beyond the black leather jacket. Poster presentation at the national meeting of the Costume Society of
America, New Orleans, LA.

DeLong, M., Sklar, M., Gage, K. & Park, J. (2008, March). Tough as leather: Making and imaging the 21st century biker in the black leather jacket. Paper presentation and plenary
panel at the national meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, San Francisco, CA.

Sklar, M. (2007, October). Modern craft and its homespun revolution. Paper presentation at the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Kansas City, MO.

Working Papers

Soon to be published and/or in process are multiple manuscripts regarding punk style history and merchandising in the United States incuding a book on the subject, and also museum practice including on my work with a private Syrian collection . I am also working on papers with my graduate students on marching bands' apparel as well as social media influencers and youtube.

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