Patricia Hunt-Hurst

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Professor Emerita

224 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Clothing & Textiles The Ohio State University 1990
M.S. Clothing & Textiles The University of Georgia 1983
BSHE Home Economics Educ The University of Georgia 1977


I am a dress and fashion historian. My major research interest is in the area of African and African American dress and textile history. Specifically, my efforts are directed toward the study of the dress of African-American women, 1865-1940 in Georgia and South Carolina and slave clothing and textiles in Georgia and South Carolina. An important aspect of my research includes the documentation of historic apparel and accessories to determine date, regionality, and function. New research areas incorporate the analysis of cultural perception in the fashion marketplace, my specific interest relates to Africa, however, I have been involved in research projects focused on Asia and the United States. Since 1996 I have been actively involved with study abroad programs to London and Ghana. Both offer unique educational experiences to students interested in adding a global perspective to their academic studies.


Fashion Fundamentals, Historic dress and fashion; dress and popular culture; historic textiles; world textiles; West African fabrics, dress, and adornment


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
University of Georgia Teaching Academy, 2008
Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, UGA, 2006
Gamma Sigma Delta Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2005
College of Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year, 2000
FACS 100 Fellow Alumni Association. College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2018
Fellow, Costume Society of America Costume Society of America 2021
President's Award Costume Society of America 2019

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Co-editor, Fashion: Critical Issues 5
Reviewer, Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
Reviewer, Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America
Editor Clothing through American History: 1776 -1899, Volume II 2016


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Costume Society of America, southeast region Treasurer 2010 - 2017 Professional
Costume Society of America, southeast region Vice President Professional
Costume Society of America, National Board Board Member 2017 - 2020 Professional
Costume Society of American, National Secretary 2018 - 2022 Professional

Areas of Expertise

historic dress and fashion, 19th and 20th century; African American Dress - 1860 - 1899; headwraps and tignons; movies and fashion; quilts; college dress; rat caps


Hunt-Hurst, P. (2016). (Ed.). Clothing and Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe, Volume 2. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Miller-Spillman, K., Reilly, A., & Hunt-Hurst, P. (2012). The Meanings of Dress.  New York: Fairchild.

Current Classes


Current Research

My current research examines women's fashions during the 20th century and focuses on body exposure and college dress and fashion. 

Journal Articles

Hunt-Hurst, P. & Headrick, C. J. (2021). Starched white caps and aprons: Child Nurses’ and Nannies’ Dress in Fashion, Uniform, and Costume, 1850-2015.  In J.L. Foltyn & L. Petican (Eds.), In Fashion: Culture, Commerce, Craft, and Identity. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 237-264.

Scarborough, A. D. & Hunt-Hurst, P. (2014). The Making of an Erogenous Zone: The Role of Exoticism, Dance, and the Movies in Midriff Exposure, 1900-1946. Dress, 40 (1), 47-65.

Hunt-Hurst, P. & Blanco F, J. (Winter 2013). Red Caps, Rat Caps: Status, Spirit, and Traditions of College Dress at the University of Georgia. The Georgia Historical Quarterly, XCVII (4), 447 - 475.

Hunt-Hurst, P., & Scarborough, A. D. (2013). Exaggerated Modesty: The Evolution and Promotion of Exposing the Navel in Swimwear and Other Clothing in the American Fashion Press, 1946 - 1966. In Sarah Heaton (Ed.). Fashioning Identities: Cultures of Exchange. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 105 - 124.

Watson, A. F., Blanco, J., Hunt-Hurst, P., & Medvedev, K. (2010).  Caregivers' perceptions of clothing for people with severe and profound disabilities.  Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2010, 110,3,961-964.

Choi, Y., Medvedev, K., Lee, Y., & Hunt-Hurst, P. (2009).  How China, Japan and Koren are percevied by Vogue USA in the last 10 years.  International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology, and Education, 2 (1), 3-11.

Lee, Y., Medvedev, K., Hunt-Hurst, P., Choi, Y. (2008).  How the Korean fashion industry is viewed by Women's Wear Daily, USA.  Journal of the Korean Society of Clothing and Tetiles, 32 (12), 1915-1926.

Lowe, T.B. , Dozier, C., Hunt-Hurst, P. & Smith, B. (2008).  Study abroad in West Africa: An interdisciplinary program of international education. College Student Journal, 42(3), 738-747.

Hunt-Hurst, P. (2004) Collecting the Pieces: Images of Georgia Quilts. The Georgia Historical Quarterly , 88 (4), 530-544.


Hunt-Hurst, P. (2019). African American history of hair and headwear fashions, 1800-1900. In S. Heaton (Ed.), Cultural History of Hair. New York: Bloomsbury.

.Lowe, T. B., Hunt-Hurst, P., & Blalock, E. (2018). The Ghana community trade program: Interdisciplinary Ghana study abroad program. In S. Chama (Ed.), Creating successful bridges through study abroad: An international Social Work and Cultural Competency Approach. New York, NY: Nova Sciences, 77-94.

Davis-Bundrage, M., Medvedev, K., & Hunt-Hurst, P. (2018). Black women's hair politics and impact on bodily health: A historical essay. In S. Barak-Brandes & A. Kama (Eds.), Feminist interrogations of women's head hair: Crown of glory and shame. New York, NY: Routledge, 159-175.

Wear, P. & Hunt-Hurst, P. (2016). British fashion in 1960s U.S.: A Case Study of Female Fashion at the University of Georgia, 1964-1966.  In D. Eluwawalage (Ed.), Fashion Tyranny & Revelation.  Oxford, UK: Inter-disciplnary Press, 175-187.

Hunt-Hurst, P. (2016).  Dorothea Towles Church.  African American National Bigoraphy Online. NY: Oxford University Press.

Hunt-Hurst, P. (2012).  Clothing and textiles in the slave community.  In Daina R. Berry (Ed.). Enslaved Women in America: Encyclopedia.  Denver, CO: ABC-CLIO Press.

Hunt-Hurst, P. (2005). "Millinery." In Daina R. Berry (Ed.) Black Women in America, 2nd Edition, NY: Oxford University Press.

Hunt-Hurst, P. (2005). "The fashion industry." In Diana R. Berry (Ed.) Black Women in America, 2nd Edition, NY: Oxford University Press.

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