I am a historian who thinks and writes about visual and material culture, notably as it relates to fashion and architecture. I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Ghent in the Department of Art History, Music, and Theatre Studies since the fall of 2019. I teach classes on Fashion and Architecture, Heritage, and Exhibition History and Theory.  If you are a BA, MA, or PhD student interested in studying any of these fields at the University of Ghent, please feel free to contact me at maude.basskrueger@ugent.be.

I received my BA and MA in History from Wesleyan University and Sciences-Po Paris, respectively, and my PhD in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center in New York City (2016). I was the Zvi Yavetz fellow at the University of Tel Aviv from 2015-2016 and a postdoctoral researcher based at the University of Leiden, Netherlands in the HERA-funded project “Printing the Past. Architecture, Print Culture, and Uses of the Past in Modern Europe” (PriArc), from 2017 until 2019.

I co-curated the exhibition Mode & Femmes 14/18 at the Bibliothèque Forney in 2017 and the American itiration, French Fashion, Women, and the First World War at the Gallery of the Bard Graduate Center (Sept 2019-January 2020). A book of the same name, designed by Irma Boom, was published by Yale University Press in 2019.

I am currently working on publishing two monographs: one on architectural drawings, tentatively titled The Envois de Rome and the Architectural Imagination in France, 1830-1910, and another on the creation of the discipline of fashion history in France in the nineteenth-century, drawn from my dissertation, “The Culture of Dress History in France: The Past in Fashion, 1814-1900.” My new research project focuses on the intersections between fashion and architecture from 1800 until today.

Between 2015-2019,  Sophie Kurkdjian and I co-directed the research seminar “Histoire + Mode” at the Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent (IHPT) at the CNRS in Paris. In 2017, we co-founded Culture(s) de Mode, a French network for fashion researchers financed by the French Ministry of Culture.

 

News

Fashion in French History: special issue of French Historical Studies, ed. Maude Bass-Krueger, Sophie Kurkdjian, and Steven Zdatny, Volume 43, Number 2, April 2020.

French Fashion, Women, and the First World War, book published by Yale University Press, September 2019.

French Fashion, Women, and the First World War. Exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, September 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020.

 

_Forthcoming

Fashion, Society, and the First World War, ed. Maude Bass-Krueger, Hayley Dujardin, Amy de la Haye, Sophie Kurkdjian. To be published by Bloomsbury, forthcoming fall 2020.

 

_Recently

February, 2020: Inaugural lecture at the University of Ghent

February 20, 2019: Lecture on “The Spectacle of Architectural Drawings in nineteenth-century France: the envois de Rome, public display, and print culture” at Cambridge University Art History Research Center.

September 3-10, 2018: Writing fellow at the Villa Medicis Rome, in preparation for October workshop at the Villa on Stylistic Nomeclatures.

September 11-13, 2018: Participant in the Cambridge-PSL joint workshop project “Entangled Histories”

September 28 + October 1, 2018: Culture(s) de Mode inaugural conference.

 

_Recent Publications

“The State of French Fashion Studies: Past, Present, Future,” with Sophie Kurkdjian, InternationalJournal of Fashion Studies, Volume 5, Number 1, 1 April 2018, pp. 227-244(18). 

“Fashion Collections, Collectors, and Exhibitions in France, 1874–1900: Historical Imagination, the Spectacular Past, and the Practice of Restoration,” Fashion Theory, Forthcoming Special Issue on Collectors, Practices of Collecting and Collections, 2018.

“1914-1918, Les nouvelles françaises,” Revue des Deux Mondes, Special Issue on Fashion, February 2018.

 

_ Projects

Printing the Past. Architecture, Print Culture, and Uses of the Past in Modern Europe (PriArc)

Culture(s) de Mode. A multi-faceted research project funded by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications.

Séminaire Histoire + Mode, monthly seminar open to the public held at the IHPT/CNRS. Program here. Twitter and Facebook.

Research séminaire “Histoire et théorie de la mode,” monthly research seminar reserved for students. Taught at the Centre d’Histoire Sociale du XXe siècle, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.