Rikki is a scholar, writer and educator.
She received her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and her Master of Arts in Fashion Studies from Parsons The New School of Design. In Fall 2016, she joined the faculty in the Sam Fox School of Visual Art at Washington University – St. Louis, where she teaches Fashion History and Research Methods – a course that she developed in Summer 2016.
The 20something lives digitally, making herself a bed wherever the World Wide Web is serving good media. She writes about fashion, culture and race and plans events. In April 2016, she completed her thesis, Black, The Color We Wear, which investigates the construction and representation of blackness in American fashion. In addition, she edits a magazine that she founded in 2010, titled SCULPT, that brings her much joy. In May 2016, she was appointed guest editor to the International Journal of Fashion Studies’ Spring 2017 issue. And in August 2016, she signed on as a project manager with St. Louis Fashion Fund to oversee a collaboration between the organization and the World Chess Hall of Fame; she will create a design competition for the inaugural class of designers including Reuben Reuel, Smith II, Audra Hoyes and more. Most recently she launched The Fashion and Race Syllabus with her colleague, Kimberly Jenkins.
She has interned with several arts and media organizations, and her writing has appeared on ManRepeller, Mic, BUSTLE, ALIVE, Columbia Missourian, The Conscious Tip and more. Her research has been published in Fashion Studies Journal, Insights and BIAS: Journal of Dress Practice; and she recently completed a book chapter on self-liberation and clothing that will appear in a forthcoming anthology on African American art and activism. If she was into tooting her own horn, she would tell you that she is a hobby photographer, loves InDesign, a social media fanatic and is a recipient of The New School’s Outstanding Student Program of the Year Award for founding and organizing the Fashion and Diversity Series; and she is a recipient of the Halucinated Graduate Scholarship, Black Women Rock! Rising Star Award, Delta Sigma Theta Humanitarian Award and some more stuff that’s on her LinkedIn.
She’s a jane of all trades to say the least: poet and photographer on occasion, blogger and fashion connoisseur by habit, journalist for life. Aside from basking in her 20s, Rikki has devastating dreams to change the world with her pen.