Bio

Minjee Kim, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a historian and lecturer specializing in dress, fashion, and textile history of Korea. Born and raised in South Korea, she received her BS, MS, and PhD from Seoul National University. (Doctoral dissertation: Dress history of the Balhae dynasty (698-926), (2000)) She worked as a full-time lecturer in the Department of Fashion Design at Jeonju Kijeon College (1993-1998) and an adjunct faculty in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design at Seoul National University (1996-2000). She also consulted period costume productions for museum exhibitions: the War Memorial Museum (1998), Seoul National University Museum (2000), and the National Folk Museum (2000).

In December 2000, she moved to the United States to join her life with her husband and stayed home raising kids for over a decade. With a series of lecture co-hosted by the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles and the J.Paul Getty Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia in 2013, she resumed her career. Since then, she has dedicated herself to raising awareness of traditional Korean clothing hanbok and dress history of Korea, both in academia and cultural institutions. Her areas of interest include dress/fashion historiography in a global perspective, dress/fashion history methodology, and use of cultural resources in dress/fashion history education, and archiving resources. She is a member of the Costume Society of America since 2016, and serves for Western Region as a Board of Director and Social Media Coordinator (2018-present). She joined the Tracing Patterns Foundation team as a Research Associate in 2022.