The Costume Society of America (CSA) Fellow is the highest honor bestowed by CSA. It recognizes the dedication, commitment, leadership, and outstanding contributions of our members to the organization and to the field of dress and appearance. Class of 2020 CSA Fellow Jean L. Parsons is a professor at the University of Missouri and curator of the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection. A recognized scholar in both design and history, her research includes digital textile and apparel design and the history of the apparel industry.
Dr. Michael Eugene Mamp nominated Dr. Parsons. He noted, “Dr. Parsons is highly accomplished; she is a talented designer, an insightful historian and has been a mentor to many, including myself. She develops life-long supportive relationships with her former students as she seamlessly helps them transition from her student to her respected colleague. This is one of the most valuable gifts she imparts. She has made a tremendous impact through the rigor of her work, the thoughtfulness of her advice, and her sheer tenacity, output, and dedication to our field of study.”
Dr. Parsons is an example of a dedicated scholar, educator, and designer. We enthusiastically congratulate her for her contributions to our field.