Instructors / Team 2016-2020


Eugenia Paulicelli
Eugenia Paulicelli
Tessa Maffucci
Daniela D’Eugenio

Eugenia Paulicelli is founder and director of The Fabric of Cultures Project that started in 2006 with an exhibition at the Godwin-Ternbach museum at Queens College and as an interdisciplinary course on fashion, identity and globalization taught at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. Dr. Paulicelli is Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature, and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY, where she is currently Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Italian. She is editor, co-editor and author of several books, book chapters, special issues journals, and articles on the history and theory of fashion, cinema, and literature. Among her publications are: Fashion under Fascism. Beyond the Black Shirt (2004); Writing Fashion in Early Modern Italy from Sprezzatura to Satire (2014); Italian Style. Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age (Bloomsbury 2016 and paperback 2017); Film and Fashion in the 1960s (co-editor Indiana University Press, 2017) Moda e Letteratura nell’Italia della prima modernità (Meltemi Press, 2019). She is founder and director of the academic film festival “Italian Cinema CUNY” (IC-CUNY). With Massimo Mascolo and Claudio Napoli she has created a series of videos on The New Made in Italy. Fashion, Arts, Design. Website: Queens College: Graduate Center:

Tessa Maffucci teaches in the Fashion Department at Pratt Institute, currently acting as the Departmental Sustainability Coordinator to help advance campus-wide curriculum and programming goals for sustainable design strategies. She is the recipient of the Made in NYC Fellowship (2018-2019) and sits on the board of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition. Her research focuses on the intersection of fashion and digital media, with an interest in material culture and identity. She is an Associate Editor for The Fashion Studies Journal and her writing has been featured in publications including Bloomsbury Fashion Central, Architectural Digest and Atlas Magazine. Tessa did her undergraduate work at New York University’s Gallatin School and holds a master’s in Fashion Studies and Digital Humanities from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Website: IG: TW:

Daniela D’Eugenio is Senior Lecturer in Italian at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches courses on Italian language, culture, and sociolinguistics. Her research interests focus primarily on the study of proverbs in the context of Renaissance and Baroque literature, paleography, irony and humor, and pedagogical approaches in the foreign language class.


Project Team

Project and Digital Team:
Eugenia Paulicelli, Founder, Director and Writer Rob Garfield: Developer, Center for Teaching and Learning, Queens College, CUNY
Iris Finkel: Project Manager and editor

Kat Roberts: Design
Cassandra Barnes: Photography
Callen Zimmerman: Design
Grace Coleman: Outreach
Carolyn Cei: Social Media
Chy Sprauve: Editor

Advisory Board:
Michelle Fraboni, Center for Teaching & Learning, Queens College, CUNY
Eva Fernandez, Office of the Provost, Queens College, CUNY
Matthew Gold, Digital Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Tabitha S. Bernard: Desing and Zero Waste
Tessa Maffucci: Digital Strategist
Dicky Yangzom, Yale University
Elizabeth Wissinger, Borough of Manhattan Community College and The Graduate Center, CUNY