Rita Singer

Graduate Intern – Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

I am pivoting to a field that has held my interest since I majored in anthropology in college. Over the years, I was able to travel in remote non-western areas and fell in love with handmade traditional textiles. To gain a deeper understanding of textiles including structure, history, and context I am now a second-year graduate student at FIT in their Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program. Coursework has included identifying fiber and fabric structures, history of textiles, global dress, and writing condition reports and catalogue entries.

I hold a BA in anthropology from Temple University and an MA in archaeology from University of Toronto, where I gained field experience in Iran and Israel, and completed an internship in the Prehistory Lab at Hebrew University. After turmoil in the Middle East, I went on to a career in banking and law. I received a law degree from St. John’s University at night, an advanced professional certificate in estate and gift tax law from NYU Law School, and enjoyed a career in banking, wealth management, and estate planning.

I have been a long-time New Yorker and am thrilled to be studying, researching, and pursuing a career in the field of traditional textiles.