Name and surname: Zuzanna Żubka-Chmielewska
Title/Academic titles: MA, PhD candidate at the Institute of History at the Polish Academy of Sciences
Graduated from: the University of Warsaw (The History of Art Institute and The Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology)
Current position: MSKPU
Previous professional experience: Endemol Neovision (director asst.), TVP Kultura (editorial secretary, publisher), TVP 1 (“Pegaz” magazine – editorial secretary), Royal Castle in Warsaw (Department of Education)
A costume designer by profession and passion, she is also an art historian and cultural anthropologist holding University of Warsaw diplomas. Carrying her children on her back or in the pram, she conducts research or browses museum and library storages and archives. Each year she participates in science sessions revealing misteries of fashion history. She is currently working on her PhD thesis (also related to clothing) at the Institute of History at the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Teaching is her passion. For more than a decade she has been working at the Education Department of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. She used to promote art through co-operation with the Polish Television. Co-created programes for TVP Kultura and the famous “Pegaz” magazine.
Busy, but always finds time for our students. She supports participants of history contests. This year she put in work at the event titled “Wilanów for young talents”. Always willing to provide advice on costume related issues – she consults diplomas in the scope of history and helps costume design students to start their professional careers working on “historical productions”.
She does not only talk about clothing – she has her own collection of historic clothing, which she displays during exhibitions and our classes.
You can also meet her in the prestigious Costume Design and Artistic Fabric Club and at the Academy of Former Clothing. She often talks on radio and television shows or publishes her comments on the Internet.
Although she likes to dive into books and scientific publications, the most of all she values contact with people. The most satisfactory moments are when she can share her knowledge and pass on her passion. To put it simple – she is lucky. She likes what she does, and she does what she likes.