Assistant Professor
235 Human Ecology Building (HEB)
Ithaca, New York
Fiber Science & Apparel Design


Jooyoung Shin is an Assistant Professor in the department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design at the College of Human Ecology of Cornell University. Professor Shin has explored diverse areas in the fashion fields as a designer, curator, fashion historian, researcher, and educator. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, Apparel Design with honor; completed her M.A. in museum studies, with a specialization in costume and textiles at Fashion Institute of Technology in the USA; and earned her Ph.D. in aesthetics in dress at Seoul National University in Korea. She worked at the Costume Institute and the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Ewha Womans University Museum performing various duties, such as assisting with the organization of fashion exhibitions, managing the storage of historic textiles, and conservation work on excavated clothing from the 17th century.

Professor Shin began her career as a fashion design educator during her doctoral coursework and has taught a wide range of subjects related to fashion (design, history, aesthetics, and culture) since 2003. Prior to her appointment at Cornell University in 2016, she taught fashion design at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Research Areas: Fashion and the concept of beauty; contemporary fashion trends; study of different cultural perspectives on dress in its physicality and symbolism
Professor Shin has conducted research on various subjects, such as Sally Milgrim who was an important fashion legend forgotten in the history of American fashion; chinoiserie fashion in the 18th century; the relationship between fashion and art from the perspective of both the fashion designer and the artist; and the concept of ideal beauty and its relationship with the form and content of dress explored through her doctoral dissertation. As an extension of this research subject, she continued to investigate the cultural differences deeply rooted in dress and the origins of these differences, focusing on the eastern and western perspectives on the body and dress and completed a study of Olympic parade uniforms, which identified how national identity is visually embodied in this special set of clothing as well as how design elements denote the cultural and geographical differences. With her research projects, she strives to trace the remarkably different perception of fashion back in history or between contemporary cultures. Another research project called “Development of Sustainable Practice in Fashion Industry” began by questioning why the fashion industry appears to relatively behind in addressing its environmental footprint and other sustainability issues, despite the fact that awareness about ethical/eco-friendly fashion has grown exponentially in recent years. The project was funded by University Grants Council (UGC) of Hong Kong with a total amount of HK$314,159 in 2012. Recently she embarked on a new researh project which aims to identify the relashionship between creativity and acculuraton in the context of fashion design process, based upon an intensive study of the works of fashion designers and students who have bicultural values. Currently I am working on a research project entitled “Mistaken Identity: Crosscultural Appropriation in Contemporary Fashion.” In this study I will explore the concept of cross-cultural appropriation and define its spectrum in the field of fashion design through an in-depth analysis of both the recent controversial examples and examine issues of diversity that have long been ignored or overlooked in the fashion industry through the lens of cross-cultural appropriation. This project is funded by the President’s Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) Affinito-Stewart Grant.
In addition to her academic work, Professor Shin is a lifelong designer of fashion and has continued to participate in a number of international fashion art exhibitions and had two solo exhibitions; Strips of History in 2008, which brilliantly embodied her passion for design and profound knowledge for fashion history, and Five Phases: Endless Cycle of Creation and Destruction in 2012, which presented the best and the most appropriate ways to preserve and promote the beauty of cultural heritage for future generation. She participated in the Cheongsam Fashion Show, one of the cultural collaboration projects between Hong Kong and Taiwan which was organized by the Hong Kong Museum of History for “Hong Kong Week 2013” at Taipei to celebrate the opening of the exhibition A Century of Fashion: Hong Kong Cheongsam Story. In October 2014 she was invited to create one fashion artwork for the exhibition at Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum (CEM) in Korea. Invited artists are asked to select one or more objects from the museum collection and to express their own inspiration drawn from it through any form of artwork. She won 2016 ITAA Award for Design Scholarship at the 2016 ITAA Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since my appointment at Cornell University in 2016, one of my major accomplishments was the development of my solo exhibition titled “Dress and Body: Oneness or Duality?.” This representation of my creative work consisting of twelve garments was born from a research project examining the physical and conceptual relationship between dress and body in various socio-cultural contexts.

Papers published in refereed journals

  • Shin, J. Sally Milgrim: A Pioneer of American Fashion, 1920–1935, Dress 44 (2): 83-104.
  • Chan, C.K., Shin, J. and Jiang, S.X.K. (2018). Development of Tailor-Shaped Bacterial Cellulose Textile Cultivation Techniques for Zero-Waste Design, Clothing and Textile Research Journal, 36(1): 33-44. 
  • Shin, J. (2014). Clad with National Identity: Parade Uniforms of the Olympic Games, International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 7(3): 208-244.
  • Gong, L. & Shin, J. (2013). The Innovative Application of Surface Texture in Fashion and Textile Design. Fashion and Textile Research Journal. 15(3):. 1-11.
  • Shin, J. (2012). Formative Representation of Sensuality in 19th Century Fashion. Research Journal of Textile and Apparel. 16(4): 59-70.
  • Shin, J. (2008). Theoretical Inquiry into the Relationship between Fashion and Art: Focusing on the Relationship between the Artists and Fashion. Journals of the Korean Society of Costume. 58(8): 1-12
  • Shin, J. & Kim, M.J. (2008). The Development of Perspectives for Viewing the Aesthetics of Costume. Journals of the Korean Society of Costume. 58(87): 76-91.
  • Shin, J. (2008). An Analysis of Ideal Beauty Represented in Dress from the Renaissance to Baroque Periods. Journals of the Korean Society of Costume. 58(3): 131-148.
  • Shin, J.Y. & Kim, M.J. (2006). Chinoiserie in the Eighteenth Century Rococo Fashion, Journals of the Korean Society of Costume. 56(1): 13-31.

Translated publications (from Korean to English) 

  • Lee, K.J., Chang, S.H. & Hong, N.Y. (2005). Traditional Korean Costume. Kent: Global Oriental Ltd.
  • The National Museum of Korea. (2004). Maedeup: Korean Traditional Knots. Seoul: The National Museum of Korea
  • Ewha Woman’s University. (2004). Korean Traditional Furniture. Seoul: Ewha Womans University Press.
  • Ewha Woman’s University. (2004). Norigae: The Beautiful Pendants of Korea. Seoul: Ewha Womans University Press.


I. Solo Exhibitions

  • Dress and Body: Oneness or Duality? (20 Nov 2017- 17 Jan 2018, The Jill Stuart Gallery, Cornell Univeristy, USA and 1-15 August 2018, The Fashion Gallery, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
  • Five Phases: Endless Cycle of Creation and Destruction (21-25 Jun 2012, Inno Centre, Hong Kong and 3 Sep-11 Oct 2013, The Fashion Gallery, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University).
  • Strips of History (3-9 Nov 2008, Moknam Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

II. Group Exhibitions

Peer reviewed exhibitions

  • 2018 ITAA Design Scholarship (6-9 November 2018, Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 2017 ITAA Design Scholarship (14-18 November 2017, St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • 2016 ITAA Design Scholarship (8-11 November 2016, Vancouver, Canada)
  • Legacies & Innovations: Cheongsam Exhibition (3 Mar-8 Apr 2014, The Fashion Gallery, Hong Kong)
  • KOSCO International Costume Exhibition (22 Oct-3 Nov 2013, Seoul Baekje Museum, Korea)
  • KOSCO Costume Exhibition (11-23 Oct 2011, National Palace Museum of Korea, Korea)
  • International Fashion Art Exhibition, The Korea Fashion & Culture Association (27 Jun-03 Jul 2011, Hague City Hall, The Netherlands)
  • 24th International Costume Congress Creative Costume Exhibition (24-25 Aug 2010, National Museum of Korea, Korea)
  • 12th KSKD Knitwear Exhibition “Fashion and Passion” (26-30 Jul 2010, Korean Culture Center, UK)
  • The Korean Fashion & Culture Association “Beyond Imagination: Nature, Tradition, Technology” (10-18 Apr 2005, Seoul Art Center, Korea)

Non-peer reviewed exhibitions

  • The 13th FOS Collection 2014 “Original & Original” (17-24 May 2014, Seoul Art Center, Korea) 
  • Fashion Group of Seoul National University (FOS) “TrAnS+fix” (Oct 2007, Space T Gallery, Korea)
  • Fashion Group of Seoul National University (FOS) “Iconographic Corea” (Sep 2003, Seoul National University, Korea).

III. Invited exhibitions

  • “Wearable Art: Inspiration in Thread” (8 Oct-30 Dec 2014, Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum, Korea)
  • 2014 the 19th International Invited Fashion Exhibition, The Korean Society for Clothing Industry (9-15 Aug 2014, Manila, Philippines): Best Artwork Award
  • 2012 the 17th International Invited Fashion Exhibition, The Korean Society for Clothing Industry (14-19 Aug 2012, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)
  • “New Beat+Energy Nexus” International Shibori Design Collection (22 Dec 2011-18 Jan 2012 Exhibition Hall, Pao Yue-kong Library, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and 17-25 Feb 2012 Foshan Zumiao Museum, China) 

IV. Fashion Show  

  • Cheongsam Fashion Show, Hong Kong Week 2013 @ Taipei (29 Nov 2013, Taipei, Taiwan)




  • Editorial Board Member, The Society of Fashion and Textile Industry (2013-present)
  • Editorial Board Member, The Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles (2013-present)
  • Editorial Board Member, The Korean Society of Fashion Design (2014-present)
  • Member, International Textile and Apparel Association (2016-present)
  • Member, Costume Society of America (2016-present)
  • Member, The Korean Society of Costume (2003-present)
  • Member, The Korea Fashion & Culture Association (2004-present)
  • Member, Seolwon Cultural Foundation, New York, USA (2012-present)


As a fashion design teacher, my guiding principles are as follows:

1. Encourage students to value the basics. It is my belief that a designer should know how to make clothes from the very first step with his or her own hands and that it is not possible to become one of the great masters of fashion design without thorough training in fashion technology skills. I always emphasize to my students that knowledge of fashion technology and skills are crucial for them to successfully execute their design ideas.

2. Ensure my students are armed with a wide range of knowledge and skills. I want my students to accumulate the fundamental and essential knowledge and skills which will be a strong foundation for their lifetime career. I encourage my students to absorb everything they see, hear, and learn, regardless of its relevance to their study, and save it an intellectual asset. First, I take the initiative to engage students in active research work by giving lectures using a wide range of visual, written, and multimedia references relevant to the subject. I strive to impart knowledge to them in order to facilitate students’ understanding of the subject, as well as to arouse their intellectual curiosity. Then I ask them to conduct various research activities, such as searching out references in the library or online, visit art galleries and museums, go shopping or watch movies, etc., to collect as much information as possible, regardless of the nature of their subjects or assignments. 

3. Provide interactive teaching and learning environment for students. I believe communication and interaction are the most fundamental and effective vehicles that enable a teacher to transfer knowledge clearly to students and students to maximize the assimilation of what they learn. Regardless of course format, lecture- or studio-based, I strive to have as much as interaction as possible with my students and to engage them to take part actively during the lecture.

  • FSAD2650 Creative Patternmaking for Fashion Design
  • FSAD2190 Fashion, Aesthetics and Society
  • FSAD6219 Fashion and Beauty
  • FSAD3000-606 Chinese Fashion and Textiles: Past, Present and Future (China Study Trip) 
  • Seoul National University, Ph.D. Department of Clothing and Textiles
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, M.A. Museum Studies: Costume and Textile
  • Rhode Island School of Design, B.F.A. Apparel Design (Honors)
  • Ewha Womans University, B.H.E. Home Economics