Maude Bass-Krueger received her BA and MA in History from Wesleyan University and Sciences-Po Paris, respectively, and her PhD in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center in New York City (2016). She 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. Since January 2020, Bass-Krueger is Professor in Art History at Ghent University.
Her research focuses on visual and material culture in the long nineteenth century, notably as it relates to fashion and/or architecture. She 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). She is co-editor and author of the book of the same name, published by Yale University Press in 2019, and designed by Irma Boom. She is 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 on her dissertation, "The Culture of Dress History in France: The Past in Fashion, 1814-1900."
Her new research project focuses on the intersections between fashion and architecture from Percier and Fontaine until Iris van Herpen. She is currently curating an exhibition on Sonia Delaunay and the Decorative Arts for the Bard Graduate Center Gallery for 2024.
Between 2015-2019, Bass-Krueger co-directed the research seminar "Histoire + Mode" at the Institut d'Histoire du Temps Présent (IHPT) at the CNRS in Paris. In 2017, she co-founded Culture(s) de Mode, a French network for fashion researchers financed by the French Ministry of Culture.
In 2021, she founded Revers -- Belgian Fashion Research Network, with Karen Van Godtsenhoven. Revers is a Belgian interdisciplinary network for research in fashion, textiles, and dress. Its aim is to connect and unite Belgian-based researchers, students and professionals in order to share research outputs, skills, and knowledge resources. Revers hopes to strengthen national collaboration and foster critical interdisciplinary inquiry. The network fosters thematic research seminars, symposia, joint research projects and publications.
Prof. Bass-Krueger teaches classes on Heritage, Fashion and Architecture, Material Culture, and Museum and Exhibitions.
Museum Studies and Art Policy - BA2 and KASK Curatorial Studies postgraduate
Research Skills: Fashion and Textiles - BA3
Heritage - BA2
Master's Seminar: Fashion and Architecture -- for the next 2 years, this seminar will concern the BGC exhibition on Sonia Delaunay and her fashion, textiles, decorative arts, interior design. In Fall 2022 this class will be co-organized with the BGC.
Exhibitions - Upcoming
Sonia Delaunay: A Life in Design, Bard Graduate Center, January-May 2024
The kimono and modernism (title TBD), Vandenhove Center, August-September 2023, curated with Andreas Niehaus and Maarten Saelaert
Exhibitions - Past
French Fashion, Women, and the First World War, Bard Graduate Center, September 2019-January 2020
Mode & Femmes 14/18, Bibliothèque Forney, February-June 2017
Online exhibitions - Virtual Reality, Writer in collaboration with museum and Google Arts and Culture
The Black Dress, MAD Paris
The Stiletto, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
How did Japanese Design Refine Beauty? KCI Japan
Online exhibitions - Writer or editorial collaboration with the Arts décoratifs and Google Arts and Culture
Fashioning the body
Fashion in the 19th century
Fashion in the 18th century
Fashion in the 18th century, Part II
Talks - Upcoming
"Sonia Delaunay: fashion and interior design," Sartoria research group conference on Fashion and Architecture, Paris, February 2, 2022.
"Fashion, 1917," Victoria & Albert Museum, May 21, 2022.
"Fashion and Architecture" (TBC), class given in a seminar at Central St. Martins, upcoming 2022.
Talks - Past
"Work in Progress: the exhibition Sonia Delaunay, A Life in Design," Curator's workshop, Bard Graduate Center, October 27, 2021.
"Bal des bêtes: fashion, camouflage, and travestissement," Workshop Camouflage and Art, Ghent University, September 30-October 1, 2021.
"7 rue de la Paix, Paris," Excursions@Home, Department of Architecture, Ghent University, May 29, 2021
"French women, fashion, and the First World War," lecture given in a seminar directed by Gayle Levy, Univeristy of Missouri-Kansas City, February 12, 2021.
"French Fashion, women, and the First World War: The Practice of Exhibition Making," Vandenhove Center, Ghent University, November 20, 2020.
"Fashion and Display at the Expositions Universelles in Paris, 1855-1900,” International Study Course on The Paris World Fairs led by the Deutsches Forum fur Kunstgeschichte (DFK) Paris, March 13, 2020.
"Fashion, 1780-1800," talk given in a seminar directed by Caroline van Eck, University of Cambridge, Febrary 27, 2020.
"Inaugural lecture," Ghent University, February 25, 2020.
“The spectacle of architectural drawings in nineteenth-century France: the envois de Rome, public display, and print culture,” Cambridge Art History Research Seminar, February 20, 2019.
“The Past as Presence: Towards a Dynamic Understanding of Past Transfer in Historicist Objects,” Conference Les nomenclatures stylistiques à l’épreuve de l’objet. Construction et déconstruction du langage de l’histoire de l’art, Villa Medicis, October 24-25, 2019.
“Fashion collections, collectors, and exhibitions in Nineteenth-Century France,” École des Chartes, Entangled Histories Seminar, September 12, 2018.
“The envois de Rome and the problem with Print,” Symposium The Printed and the Built, Oslo School of Architecture, June 21, 2018.
“The Past in Fashion: Fashion, Historicism, and the Reception of Antiquity in 19th century France,” École du Louvre, May 22, 2018.
“Style Formation and the Transfer of the Past in Fashion and Architecture,” Workshop on Style Formation and the Transfer of Culture, University of Leiden, May 18, 2018.
“Vêtements et revêtements à l’Opéra Garnier : l’expérience du passé à travers la mode et l’architecture,” Conference “L'architecture à travers les arts visuels dans la France du XIXe siècle,” Musée d’Orsay, Paris, December 12, 2017.
“The Birth of Dress History in Nineteenth-Century France: Archaeology and the Historic Imagination,” Conference, The Society for French Historical Studies, Washington D.C, April 20-22, 2017.
“The History of Dress History in France and Germany: Two Nineteenth-Century Stories,” Conference “Franco-German Exchanges in Fashion,” Paris and Berlin, October 6-7, 10-11, 2016. Presented with Dr. Frederun Scholz.
“The Musée rétrospectif du costume and the Palais du Costume: Costume Exhibitions, French Identity, and Material Authenticity at the 1900 Paris World Fair,” Conference, The Society for French Historical Studies, Nashville, March 5, 2016.
“Exhibiting Dress at the 1900 Exposition Universelle: French Identity and Material Authenticity,” Inaugural Speaker, Rubin Forum, Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Study, Tel Aviv University, November 5, 2015.
“La Parisienne et le Poilu: Fictions and Fantasies of Fashionable Women during the Great War,” ‘Fashion, Dress, and Society in Europe during World War I,’ International conference, IFM, Paris, December 12-13, 2014.
"The Trials and Triumphs of French Couture During WWI," ‘Fashion and Conflict: Not Living in Khaki’ London College of Fashion Study Day, October 18, 2014.
"The birth of academic fashion thinking in nineteenth-century France: Jules Quicherat’s archaeology of French dress history," Fashion Thinking – Theory History, Practice, University of Southern Denmark Kolding, Copenhagen, October 30-November 1st, 2014.
“Travestissement and historic dress revival in 19th-century France: Fancy dress at home,” 2013 Costume Society of America National Symposium, Las Vegas, May 29-June 1, 2013)
“Rehabilitating Jules Quicherat’s fashion historicism: the evolution of fashion history out of antiquarian studies in 19th-century France,” Association of Dress Historians New Research Day, London, February 16, 2013.
"Jules Quicherat: de l’image à l’histoire, ou comment visualiser l’histoire de la mode en France au 19e siècle," INHA: “Du projet à l’objet: une approche critique de l’histoire du vêtement,” Paris, June 28-30, 2012.
"Researching Fashion for Renoir: Impressionism, Fashion, and the Full-Length Painting,” The Frick Collection Study Day on Renoir, NYC, May 8, 2012.
"From the ‘union parfaite’ to the ‘union brisée:’ The French Couture industry and the midinettes during the Great War," Developments in Dress History, Brighton University, UK, December 8-10, 2011.