Laura Beltran-Rubio is a fashion historian with an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Her master’s thesis, focusing on post-colonial Colombia, was titled “Fashion and Femininity: Gender, Dress, and Identity in 19th-Century Colombia,” opened up her current research interest in the exploration of constructions of identity—be it national, gender, or social—through fashion, both in Europe and Latin America during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Laura has taught several undergraduate courses in the fields of Economics, Management and History, including “Introduction to Fashion Studies” and “History of Fashion” (20th century), with the department of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design. She is currently a researcher at the Department of Drawings and Prints of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, cataloging designs for textiles, fashion, jewelry, and ornaments.
Laura is a recipient of the COLFUTURO scholarship/loan, awarded to Colombian citizens with excellent academic performance to access high-quality graduate study programs abroad.