Michael Mamp

Michael Mamp

Director and Curator LSU Textile and Costume Museum
Associate Professor 

141 Human Ecology Building

Select Honors and Awards

2021 Paper of Distinction Historic Track: “Ethel Wallace: Forgotten Histories of Batik and Fashion,” International Textile and Apparel Association

2019 International Textile and Apparel Association Excellence in Teaching Award

2018 Scholars’ Roundtable, Costume Society of America 


PhD, History of Dress – Iowa State University, 2014

MA, Fashion and Textile Design – University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1998

BA, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design – Central Michigan University, 1996

Professional Memberships

Costume Society of America
International Textile & Apparel Association

Research Statement

Material culture and archival materials inform my exploration of fashion and textiles as historical and cultural phenomena. My primary interests include twentieth-century American fashion and textiles, woman designers, Queer fashion, and Acadian textile traditions. Objects are central to my analysis of the fashioned body across time as a historian, curator, and designer. I disseminate knowledge through publication, curatorial practice, and applied design scholarship.  

Research Interests

  • Fashion and textile history
  • Acadian and Louisiana fashion/textile history
  • Queer theory and fashion
  • Material culture
  • Curatorial practice
  • Surface design

Courses Taught

  • TAM 4072 - Dress Adornment


Johnson, Alicia, Michael Mamp, Alexis Quinney, Austin Reeves, and Joshua Simon. “Queering the Fashion Classroom: Intersectional Student Perspectives.” In Fashion and Education: The Systemic Revolution, edited by Ben Barry and Deborah Christel. Bristol: Intellect, 2023.  

Mamp, Michael. “Ethel Wallace: Forgotten Histories of Batik and Fashion.” The Journal of Modern Craft 14, no. 3 (2021): 253-273.

Mamp, Michael. “Fashioning a ‘Male Actress’: Charles Pierce.” Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America 47, no. 2 (2021): 121-137.  

Simon, Joshua, and Michael Mamp. “‘Nostalgic Elegance’: The Enduring Style of the Gibson Girl.” Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America 47, no. 1 (2021): 61–77.

Mamp, Michael. “The People’s Countess: Fira Benenson.” In The Hidden History of American Fashion: Women Designers in the 20th Century, edited by Nancy Deihl, 89–104. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018. 

Strifler, Jennise, and Michael Mamp. “‘Let Prudence Plain-Dress Be Your Companion’: Clothing of Female Preachers During the Second Great Awakening (1790–1865).” Clothing Cultures 4, no. 2 (2017): 117–133.

Mamp, Michael, and Sara B. Marcketti. “Creating a Woman’s Place: The Bonwit Teller Presidency of  Hortense Odlum, 1934 to 1940.” Fashion, Style & Popular Culture 2, no. 3 (2015): 301–319. Mamp, Michael, and Sara B. Marcketti. “Mildred Custin: Bonwit Teller’s Man of the Year.” Clothing Cultures 2, no. 1 (2015): 9–26.

Curated Exhibitions

Threads of Life, Love, and Loss: An HIV/AIDS Story. Co-curators:  Dr. Denise Green of the Department of Human Centered Design and Brenda Marston, Curator of the Human Sexuality Collection at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Human Ecology Building. August 15-December 2, 2022. Accepted to International Textile and Apparel Association Curatorial Exhibition Scholarship, Baltimore, MD, November 2023. 

Fashion Future. Fashion designed by students, alumni, and faculty of Central Michigan University in partnership with Detroit Month of Design at the CMU Detroit Outreach Center, Detroit, MI. September 7-30, 2021.

May I Take Your Hat? Hats of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the collection of the department of Textiles, Clothing, & Design at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery November 2-December 5, 1996.