Jenny Feldman ('97)

In 1997, I began my freshman year of college at Colby College in Maine, but transferred to NYU’s Gallatin School the following winter. At NYU, I pursued a B.A. in art history and literature; served as a fine arts editor at the school paper, the Washington Square News; and interned in the Goings On About Town department at The New Yorker Magazine.
After graduating in 2001, I took a year off to travel and lived in New Orleans and San Francisco. Itching to continue my academic pursuits I applied and was accepted into the English Department at Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. There, I pursued a Master’s degree; my thesis on “the racialized blush in the frontier romance and literature of passing” won the school’s Bunner Prize in American Literature in 2003.

That summer, I began working at ELLE as an editorial assistant to the fashion news director and senior features (Books) editor. As an assistant, I wrote book reviews and fashion news stories, and contributed to the Living section. In 2004, I was promoted to the position of fashion news editor.

I’m currently responsible for writing and editing the Global Fashion, New Designers and fashion features sections. Additionally, I continue to review books and art; attend the ready-to-wear shows in New York, L.A. and London; and frequently travel throughout the United States and the globe on business. Recently I’ve visited Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Vienna—to name a few.

The Holland & Knight Holocaust Remembrance Project Washington D.C. trip was a seminal thing for me. It was the first essay competition I ever won, and affirmed my desire to pursue writing. It also opened my eyes to the importance and impact of history, and the responsibility that artists and writers have to address and honor a collective historical experience.