I examine fashion through the lens of race, class, and culture.

Hi! I’m Shelby! 

A fashion and costume historian with an immense passion for studying Black history and how it intersects and affects the cultural climate, economics, and, most importantly, fashion. (Also lowkey obsessed with costume design in TV/Film..).

I was born in New York to two native New Yorkers. However Charlotte, North Carolina has been home for me since I was 9 years old – My southern side always finds its way into my work!

I started off as a Conde Nast closet intern basically doing the “dirty work” we’re all “supposed” to go through in the fashion industry – I’m not just a bystander on the outskirts of the fashion industry that just critiques others’ work, but I’ve been an avid participant in this community for 8 years, having my first publishing on Wmagazine.com at only 19 and working at legacy fashion companies like Vogue and InStyle.

The knowledge I have developed over the years took me from a New York girl with a strong passion for Black History and fashion to a worldwide known Fashion and Costume Historian.

In my curriculum, you will see that I have collected powerful experiences over the years, from working internationally with different brands, to being featured on several of the biggest media outlets in the world.

I earned my Bachelors of Arts: Race, Class & Culture from the biggest HBCU, North Carolina A&T state University, and upon graduating I moved to New York city to intern at InStyle magazine. But my thirst for knowledge doesn’t stop here: I’m currently completing my M.A. in Costume Studies at NYU, too! 

My current and previous expertise on all sides of the fashion industry has given me a rich and detailed understanding of the fashion landscape and its different spectrums, and has taken me where I am today, with bigger objectives ahead!

About Me

A full-time Luxury Marketing Manager and former Vogue alum.

I’ve had the pleasure of being part of Vogue’s digital marketing team, and I’m currently a full-time Luxury marketing manager (Is a career split personality a thing? If so, that’s definitely me). My knowledge of marketing, history, and the fashion industry has allowed me to help over 50 high-end brands launch their products across Vogue’s social and digital platforms. My current mission? To ideate, formulate, and manage marketing campaigns for luxury beauty brands all over the world, always delivering the highest quality of standards I strive to achieve.

I recently had the honor of being featured on Forbes’s 2021 30 under 30 list of influential and successful Business individuals under the Art & Style section, along with previously being featured on Business Insider, Dazed, CFDA, Teen Vogue, and NBC for My work.

I also did the “dirty work.” I’m not hovering on the outskirts of the fashion industry, observing & critiquing. I am an active participant in this industry with over 8 years of work experience, having my first published on W Magazine dot com when I was just 19 years old. I started off as a closet intern in this industry. Waayyyy back when Conde Nast had an internship program. I interned at W Magazine.

Upon graduating college in May 2015, I moved to NYC to intern at InStyle Magazine. My understanding of fashion is not isolated to a historical perspective. My current & previous work on the business side & editorial side of fashion affords me a rich & varied understanding of the fashion landscape.

Shelby Ivey Christie