The Glass House
Lecture Series

The Glass House lecture series aims to expand the conversations we have about fashion, in order to expand the material realities for what fashion can become and offer. Guest lecturers in fields ranging from science and ecology to philosophy, art, and psychology give open talks on fashion through the unique perspectives of their disciplines. This interdisciplinary lecture series is an experiment in creating a virtual and open community to challenge, expand, and question the possibilities of fashion today, by considering the ways fashion impacts day-to-day life, culture, and the world at large.


Heather Podoll, M.S.

Expert in sustainable and organic agricultural systems. Manager of Partnerships and Advocacy for the nonprofit organization, Fibershed.
Redesigning Fashion from Soil to Soil: Building Ecosystem and Community Health Through Textiles

Jonathan Michael Square, Ph.D.

Fashion Historian and Curator. Founder of digital humanities project, Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom. Founder of North Star clothing. Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design.
The Myth of the Tignon and the Invention of New Orleans

Francesca Granata, Ph.D.

Author of "Experimental Fashion, Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body." Editor of "Fashion Criticism: An Anthology." Editor and founder of the journal, Fashion Projects.
Fashioning Beyond the Norm: Experiments in Fashion in the 1980s and 1990s

Rhonda Garelick, Ph.D.

Author of “Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History.” Journalist and contributor to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Washington Post, and Vanity Fair.
Reconsidering a Legacy: What Chanel has Left to Teach Us

Brooke Grabiec, Ph.D.

Creative Director, The Glass House
Co-Founder, The Travel Almanac
presented by Ashla Chavez-Razzano
Introduction to the Lecture series:
An open space for dialogue and critical thought on fashion