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Katalin Medvedev

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors


319 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602



Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Cultural Aspects of Apparel University of Minnesota 2006
M.A. Women's Studies University of Northern Iowa 1999
M.A.s English and Russian Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary 1980


Dr. Katalin Medvedev is an international dress and fashion scholar.


Undergraduate and split level courses: TXMI 4230/6230 Dress, Society and Culture:Global Perspectives on Dress; TXMI 3210 Fundamentals of Fashion Merchandising; TXMI 3210-E Fundamentals of Fashion Merchandising Online;  TXMI 3010 Chinese Culture and Fashion; TXMI 4900/6900 Italian Fashion and TXMI 3010 Fashion: Why is it Meaningful? taught in Italy at the UGA Cortona Campus. Graduate courses: TXMI 8290 Fashion Theory and Fashion Studies; TXMI 6900 Contemporary Readings on Fashion and Fashion Kaleidoscope TXMI 4900E. In addtion, I have directed study tours in China, London, New York.  My courses involve extensive research and analytic writing components.


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
University of Georgia Teaching Academy, Class of 2018 UGA 2018
Senior Teaching Fellow UGA 2018
Outstanding Teacher of the Year of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Bill and June Flatt Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2016
UGA Undergraduate Mentor at Early Career Level UGA 2013
Interior Design Educators Council’s Award of Excellence: Best Presentation paper —Teaching Forum for Lee, M., Medvedev, K., & Smith, D. A service-learning case study collaboration between students, faculty and small local retailers. Atlanta, GA. 2010
A Best Presentation paper award for Medvedev, K., Lee, Y. & Choi, Y. J.. A qualitative study on American college students’ attitude toward Korean fashion products. Spring Conference of the Korean Society of Consumer Studies. Seoul, South Korea. 2009

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board Journal of Fashion Technology and Textile Engineering


New Approaches in Diversity Grant  (2019-2021) (funded $6,500).

Advisory Committee

Jaleesa Reed, Ph.D. Graduated. Currently at Cornell University. 

Sha'mira Covington, Ph.D.

Anne McInnis, Ph.D.

Areeb Gul, M.S.

Areas of Expertise

Fashion Peripheries, Gender and Dress, Politics of Dress, Social Sustainability and Dress.

Study Away Trips


Lynch, A., & Medvedev, K. (Eds.), ( 2019).  Fashion, agency and empowerment. London: Bloomsbury. 

Current Research

My ongoing research interests focus on the construction and expression of cultural identity through dress, gender and the politics of dress, fashion and empowerment, fashion peripheries, and fashion and sustainability. My latest large project was editing a book titled Dress and Empowerment for Bloomsbury Publishing. Currently, I explore diversity issues with my Ph.D. students in the fashion industrial complex. Topics include the analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives that focus on racial injustice, racialized beauty retail environments, and ageism in the fashion industry. In addition, we are developing a course on fashion and diversity that furthers both fashion and general education. 

Journal Articles

Peer-reviewed journal articles

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2021). Age, experience and creative labour: Narratives of creative professionals over age 55 in the New York fashion industry. International Journal of Fashion Studies, 8 (2), (281-98). 

Antaki, B., & Medvedev, K. (2021). Bolivian textile crafts and the subversion of institutionalized sustainability. Special Issue on Ethical Fashion and Empowerment, Clothing Cultures, 7 (1), 91-100.

Davis-Bundrage, M., Medvedev, K., Hall, J. (2021). How beauty products use links to Black Lives Matter: Examining beliefs of health threats influence on behavior. Fashion, Style and Popular Culture 8 (1) (37-62).

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2021). Sartorial appearance management strategies of creative professional women over age 50 in the fashion industry. Fashion Practice 13(1), 25-47.

Meacham, S., McAndrews, L., and  Medvedev, K. (2020). The clothing consumption process of the vintage consumer and sustainable practices for mainstream consumers. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences,112(3), 34-40. 

Covington, S., & Medvedev, K. (2019). Dressing for freedom and justice. Clothing Cultures,6 (2), 215-235.

Antaki, B., & Medvedev, K. (2018). Manos del Uruguay: Exploring the inherent tensions between localism and the global craft economy. Fashion Practice 10(2), 196-212.

Medvedev, K. (2018). A twist in the retail: The rise, fall and reemergence of Budapest as a fashion city. Fashion, Style and Popular Culture 5(2),185-199.

Medvedev, K.  (2017). Cambodian fashion NGOs: Are they doing good? Journal of Textile Engineering and Fashion Technology, 1(4). DOI: 10.15406/jtef.2017.01.00026.

Medvedev, K. (2016). Hungarian women toe the line: How Communist propaganda parallels corporate advertising. Clothing Cultures, 3(1), 41-54.

Davis-Bundrage, M., Medvedev, K. (2016). Teacher training and student learning outcomes in family and consumer sciences: A mentoring and co-teaching case study. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 4 (1), 34-50. 

Lawless, E., & Medvedev, K. (2015). Assessment of sustainable design practices in the fashion industry: Experiences of eight small sustainable design companies in the Northeastern and Southeastern United States. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 9(1), 41-50.

Medvedev, K. (2015). The roots of change in the Cambodian contemporary fashion scene.  International Journal of Fashion Studies, 2(1), 9-27.

Medvedev, K., & Reef, B. (2013). Picking up the threads: Model approach helps Cambodia design a new fashion image. Women's Studies Quarterly, 41(1&2), 131-149.

Medvedev, K. (2012). Fashion, retailing and economic progress: The Women's Institute of Saint Paul, 1939 to 1971. Dress, 38(1), 37-54.

Medvedev, K., & Moshi, L. (2011). Tanzanian sartorial socialism. [Special issue]. Paideusis-Journal for Interdisciplinary and Cross-cultural Studies,5. G1-G30.

Lewis, D., Medvedev, K., & Seponski, D. M. (2011). Awakening to the desires of older women: Deconstructing ageism within fashion magazines. Journal of Aging Studies, 25(2), 101-109. (Medvedev and Lewis are both first authors).

DeLong, M., Geum, K., Gage, K., McKinney, E., Medvedev, K., & Park, J. (2011). Cultural exchange: Evaluating an alternative model in higher education. Journal of Studies in International Education. 15(1), 41-56.

Roman, M., & Medvedev, K. (2011). The importance of peer approval in the sartorial purchasing patterns of The University of Georgia students in Athens, GA. College Student Journal, 45(1),164-176.

Medvedev, K., Lee, Y., & Choi, Y. J. (2010). An exploratory study on the relationship between country image and the evaluation of fashion products influenced by the ethnic dress of Asians. Journal of the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles. 34(12), 2022-2038.

Medvedev, K. (2010). Designing from dumpsters: Cambodians start at grassroots with fashion. Fashion Practice, 2(2), 223-248.

Medvedev, K. (2010). Pointy bras and loose house dresses: Female dress in Hungary and in the United States in the 1950s. AHEA: E-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association, Volume 3 (2010). http:ahea.net/e-journal/volume 3(2010)/3

Watson Freeman, A., Blanco, J., Hunt-Hurst, P., & Medvedev, K. (2010). Caregivers’ perceptions of clothing for people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 110(3), 961-964.

Choi Y. J., Medvedev, K., Lee, Y., & Hunt-Hurst, P. (2009). How China, Japan, and Korea are perceived by Vogue USA in the last ten years. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology, and Education, 2(1), 3-11.

Lee, Y., Medvedev, K., Hunt-Hurst, P., & Choi, Y. J. (2008). How the Korean fashion industry is viewed by Women's Wear Daily USA. Journal of the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles, 32(12), 1915-1926.

Medvedev, K. (2007) Designing dissent: How fashion helped undo communism. T/here: Journal of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 3,12-19. (Professional journal article.)

Invited and Peer-Reviewed Encyclopedia Entries--- Original research

Medvedev, K., & Reef, B. (2014). Sustainable style. In J. F. Blanco, P.K. Hunt-Hurst, H.V. Lee, & M. Doering (Eds.), Clothing and fashion: American fashion from head to toe (Vol.4., pp. 283-285).  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. (Invited).

Reef, B., & Medvedev, K. (2014). Environmental issues facing the US fashion industry. In J.F. Blanco, P.K. Hunt-Hurst, H.V. Lee, & M. Doering (Eds.), Clothing and fashion: American fashion from head to toe (Vol.4., pp.105-107).  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. (Invited).

Medvedev, K. (2010). Hungary: Urban dress up to 1948. In Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, edited by Joanne B. Eicher, Vol. 9, East Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus, edited by Djurdja Bartlett, (pp. 177-182). New York: Oxford University Press. (4000-word essay entry).  

Medvedev, K. (2010). Snapshot: Changes in gender in socialism. In Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, edited by Joanne B. Eicher, Vol. 9, East Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus, edited by Djurdja Bartlett, (pp. 191-193). New York: Oxford University Press. (1500 word essay entry).      


Peer-reviewed and invited book chapters since 2006

Reed, J., & Medvedev, K. (2020). Beauty entrepreneur with a social conscience: Rihanna gets real with her power and influence. Ethical Glamour: Styling & Branding Persona. New York: WaterHill Publishing. (pp. 104-111). (peer-reviewed).

Medvedev, K. (2019).  Crime and fashion in the 1950s and 1960s  in socialist Hungary. In J. Turney (Ed.), Fashion crimes: Dressing for deviance. (pp. 93-104). London: Bloomsbury. (invited and peer-reviewed). 

Reed, J., & Medvedev, K. (2019). The beauty divide: Black millennial women seek agency with Makeup Art cosmetics. In A. Lynch & K. Medvedev (Eds.), Fashion, agency, and empowerment. (pp.11-27). London: Bloomsbury.  (peer-reviewed).

Lynch, A., &  Medvedev, K. (2019). Introduction. In A. Lynch & K. Medvedev (Eds.), Fashion, agency, and empowerment (pp.1-7). London: Bloomsbury. (peer-reviewed).

Davis-Bundrage, M., Medvedev, K., Hunt-Hurst, P. (2018). Black women's hair politics impact on bodily health: A historical essay. In S. Barak-Brandes & A. Kama (Eds.), Feminist interrogations of women's head hair: Crown of glory and shame. (pp.159-175). Abingdon, UK: Routledge (peer-reviewed). 

Reef-Stout, B.E.Medvedev, K. (2017). Multimedia exhibition teaches undergraduate students about sustainable fashion. In W. Leal Filho et al. (Eds.), Handbook of theory and practice of sustainable development in higher educationWorld Sustainability Series ( Vol. 1). (pp.83-102).  New York: Springer International Publishing AG (peer-reviewed)

Medvedev, K. (2012). It is a garage sale at Savers every day: An ethnography of the Savers thrift department store in Minneapolis. In C. Giorcelli & P. Rabinowitz (Eds.), Habits of being (Vol. 2). (pp. 230-253). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. (invited and peer-reviewed).

Medvedev, K. & Moshi, L. (2012). Khangas and socialist ideology. In K.A.Miller-Spillman, A. Reilly, & P. Hunt-Hurst (Eds.), The meanings of dress, 3rd Ed. and 4th ED. (pp. 374-379). New York: Fairchild. (invited, short textbook chapter ).

Medvedev, K. (2011). The Cold War, fashion, and resistance in 1950s Hungary. In S. Totosy de Zepetnek & L. Vasvari (Eds.), Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies (pp. 208-219). West Lafayette: Purdue University Press. (invited and peer-reviewed).

Medvedev, K. (2009). Divat es “bunozes” az 50-es es 60-as es 70-es evekben Magyarorszagon. [Crime and fashion in Hungary in the 1950s, 1960s, and1970s]. In I. Simonovics & T. Valuch (Eds.), Oltoztessuk fel az orszagot!: Divat es oltozkodes a szocializmusban[ Let’s clothe the country! Fashion and clothing in socialism](pp. 130-147). Budapest, Hungary: Argumentum. (invited and peer-reviewed).

Medvedev, K. (2008). Ripping up the uniform approach: Hungarian women piece together a new communist fashion. In R. L. Blaszczyk (Ed.), Producing fashion: Commerce, culture and consumers (pp. 250-272). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. (invited and peer-reviewed).

Medvedev, K. (2007). Dress, Hungarian socialism, and resistance. In D. C. Johnson & H.B. Foster (Eds.), Dress sense: Emotional and sensory experiences of the body and clothes (pp. 23-35). Oxford/New York: Berg. (invited and peer-reviewed).

Juried  Research Presentations


Covington, S., & Medvedev, K. (2020). Woke brands? : An analysis of racial consciousness and the limits of corporate social responsibility in the fashion industrial complex. Critical Fashion Studies Conference. The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Medvedev, K. (2019). Once again, politics wraps Budapest fashion in a shroud. Transboundary Fashion Conference. Bunka Gauken University, Tokyo, Japan. 

Antaki, B., & Medvedev, K. (2018).  Transference of textile skills knowledge in rural-to-urban migration in the Bolivian Altipano. Global Fashion Conference. London College of Fashion. 

Medvedev, K. (2018). Research areas presentation. Canadian Fashion Research Network's Annual symposium, Univeristy of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. 

Medvedev, K. (2018). The transformation of Budapest fashion retail scene from 1867 to World War II.  Paper at the Retailing, Architecture and Material Culture: Historical Perspectives symposium, CHORD, University of Wolverhmampton, UK. 

Antaki B., & Medvedev, K.  (2018). Exploring the potential of Sumak Quamaña in reforming indigenous gender relations, preserving traditional ecological knowledge, and preserving Bolivian craft culture. Paper at the Gender, Work, Organization, International Interdisciplinary Conference, Macquaire University, Sydney, Australia. 

Reed, J., & Medvedev, K. (2018). Beauty entrepreneur with a social conscience: Rihanna gets real with her power and influence. Paper at the Bridging Gaps: What is Ethical Glamour in Celebrity Culture? 7th International Conference of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies, Lisbon, Portugal. 

Medvedev, K. (2016). Cambodian fashion NGOS: Are they doing good? Paper at the 4th International Non-Western Fashion Conference, Local Communities. University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.

Medvedev, K., &  Reef-Stout, B. (2016). Dressed to kill: Experiential sustainability learning for students can revive fashion. Paper at the End of Fashion Conference. Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Medvedev, K. (2015). Dress code: Hungarian communists send ideological messages amid scarcities. Paper for the Look of Austerity Conference. Museum of London, London, United Kingdom. (The paper could not be delivered because of the conference conflicted with the Sex, Power and Fashion conference I was involved with as one of the conference planners). 

Medvedev, K. (2014). Shoe in for socialism: How propagandists used footwear to sell ideology to Hungarians. Paper at the Fashion Thinking International Conference. The University of Southern Denmark. Kolding, Denmark. 

Medvedev, K. (2013). Old motifs for new motives: Looking for the roots of change in the contemporary Cambodian fashion scene. Paper at the 2nd Nonwestern Fashion Conference. London College of Arts. London, United Kingdom. 

Medvedev, K.(2011). Picking up the threads: Model approach helps Cambodia design new fashion image. Paper at the Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues, 3rd Global Conference. Oxford, United Kingdom.

Medvedev, K. (2010). Weaving new destinies: Cambodian women change lives at the loom. Paper at the Hanging by the Thread International Conference organized by the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand and the NewDowse Museum, Wellington, New Zealand.

Medvedev, K. (2009). From waste to taste: Cambodian street kids craft stylish items from garbage. Paper at the Extra/Ordinary Dress Code: Costuming and the Second Skin in Asia conference, City University, Hong Kong, China.

Medvedev, K. (2009). Retooling retailing in 1939: A women’s group joins businesses to refashion St. Paul. Paper at the Fashions: Business Practices in Historical Perspective Conference, 13th Meeting of the European Business History Association, held jointly with the 55th Meeting of the US Business History Conference, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.

Medvedev, K., Lee, Y. & Choi, Y. J. (2009).A qualitative study on American college students’ attitude toward Korean fashion products.Paper at the Spring Conference of the Korean Society of Consumer Studies, Seoul, South Korea.

Lee,Y., Medvedev, K., Hunt-Hurst, P. & Choi, Y. J. (2009). Negative messages on the Korean fashion industry in Women’ Wear Daily, USA. Poster at the Spring Conference of the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles, Seoul, South Korea.

Medvedev, K. (2007). Crimes of fashion in Hungary from the 1950s to the 1970s. Paper at the Fashion under Socialism Conference, Budapesti Torteneti Muzeum, Budapest, Hungary. (invited).

Medvedev, K. (2006). Consuming secondhand clothes in the United States and South Korea.  Paper at the International Commemorative Symposium of the 60th Anniversary of Hong-IK University, Seoul, South Korea.


McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2020). Everyday performative dress: The Shepherds of New York. Fashion, Freaks and Monsters Symposium, University of Hawaii.  (Tentatively rescheduled for 2021 because of Covid -19).

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2020). Title: "The Effects of Historic Events on Creative Professionals over Age Fifty Who Work in the NYC Fashion Industry. Canceled indefinitely because of Covid-19.  Best 5% of abstracts selection.

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2019). Sartorial appearance management strategies of creative professional women over age 50 in the fashion industry. Paper at the Fashion and Active Aging Symposium. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 

Covington, S., & Medvedev, K. (2019). Dressing for freedom and justice. Paper at the Fashion Queens, 2019 Costume Society of America, Southeastern Regional Symposium, University of North Carolina. 

Reed, J., & Medvedev, K. (2016). Cosmetic counter connotations for millennial black women and beauty. Paper at the Costume Society of America, Southeastern Regional Symposium, Columbus, GA.

Medvedev, K. (2014). Follow in their footsteps: Hungarian socialists spread doctrine through sartorial symbols and fashion discourse. Paper at the Fashion and Communication Symposium. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

Reef, B., &  Medvedev, K. (2013). An experiential learning approach to increase fashion students’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors towards sustainable fashion, with special emphasis on social sustainability. Paper at the Fashion and Social Responsibility Symposium. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

 Medvedev, K., & Moshi, L. (2010). Sartorial socialism in Tanzania. Paper at the Annual Meeting of the Costume Society of America, Southeast Region, Ashville, NC.  

Lee, M., Medvedev, K., & Smith, D. (2010).A service-learning case study collaboration between students, faculty and small local retailers. Paper at the Annual Meeting of the Interior Design Educators Council, Atlanta, GA.

Medvedev, K. (2009). From waste to taste: Cambodian street kids craft stylish items from garbage. Paper at the 36th Annual Meeting and National Symposium of the Costume Society of America, Kansas City, MO.  

Medvedev, K. (2009) Fashion and resistance of the Hungarian socialist woman in the 1950s. Paper at the Annual Conference of the American Hungarian Educators’ Association, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Rayburn, C., & Medvedev, K. (2009). Expressions of cultural meanings through the modifications of Converse All-Star Chuck Taylor’s. Paper at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture/American Culture Association, New Orleans, LA.

Benson, S., & Medvedev, K. (2009). Swagga like us: Hip hop’s influence on the fashion choices of African American female consumers. Paper at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture/American Culture Association, New Orleans, LA.

Medvedev, K. (2008). Fashioning the Cold WarPaper at the Dress, Culture and Communication Costume Society of America Southeast Region Mini-Meeting, Athens, GA.

DeLong, M., Geum, K., Medvedev, K., Park, J., Gage, K., & McKinney, E. (2008). Learning to collaborate across cultures: Evaluating experiences of an extended cultural exchange. Paper at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Medvedev, K. (2008). Altered tastes: Thrift store shopping runs the gamut from economy to ecology. Paper at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture/American Culture Association, San Francisco, CA.

DeLong, M., Gage, K., McKinney, E., Park, J., & Medvedev, K. (2007). Living on the edge: Experiences of a cultural interchange. Paper at the Annual Meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Medvedev, K. (2007). Black and white and re(a)d all over: Communist message dresses Hungarian women’s magazine in new colors. Paper at the Social policy, Social Ideology, Social Change Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society and North Central Sociological Association, Chicago, IL.

Medvedev, K. (2007). Uniform mass(querade): Socialist women in Hungary show their true colors. Paper at the Defining Culture through Dress: Individual Identities Conference, Hofstra University, New York, NY.

Medvedev, K. (2006). Communist cache: How many dresses does it take to unveil a Hungarian story? Paper at the 32nd Annual Meeting and National Symposium of the Costume Society of America, Hartford, CT.

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