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Valerie Fahnestock Steele (born 1955) is a fashion historian, curator, and director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. She was appointed director of the museum in 2003.[1]

Selected works

  • Gothic: Dark Glamour, Yale University Press, 2008, ISBN 00300136943 / 9780300136944 / 0-300-13694-3.
  • Encyclopedia of clothing and fashion (editor in chief), Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005, ISBN 0684314517.
  • Fashion, Italian style, Yale University Press, 2003, ISBN 0300100140.
  • The Fan: Fashion and Femininity Unfolded, Rizzoli International Publications, 2002, ISBN 0847824462.
  • The Red Dress, Rizzoli International Publications, 2001, ISBN 084782392X.
  • The Corset: a cultural history, Yale University Press, 2001, ISBN 0300090714.
  • Shoes: a lexicon of style, Rizzoli International Publications , 1999, ISBN 0847821668.
  • China chic : East meets West (with John S. Major), Yale University Press , 1999, ISBN 0300079303.
  • Bags: a lexicon of style (with Laird Borrelli), Scriptum Publishers, 1999, ISBN 1902686047.
  • Fifty years of fashion: new look to now, Yale University Press, 1997, ISBN 0300071329.
  • Fetish: fashion, sex, and power, Oxford University Press, 1996, ISBN 0195090446.
  • Women of fashion: twentieth-century designers, Rizzoli International Publications, 1991, ISBN 0847813940.
  • Men and women: dressing the part (editor, with Claudia Brush Kidwell), Smithsonian, 1989, ISBN 0874745594.
  • Paris fashion: a cultural history, Oxford University Press, 1988, ISBN 0195044657.
  • Fashion and eroticism: ideals of feminine beauty from the Victorian era to the Jazz Age, Oxford University Press, 1985, ISBN 0195035305.


  1. ^ FIT Press Release, 5 May 2003 (accessed 11 July 2007).

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