Victoria Rose Pass is a specialist in Visual Culture, particularly in areas of design and fashion. Her research considers the history of fashion culture in the 20th century and focuses specifically on issues of gender and race.

She recently co-edited the book Design Beyond the Canon with Jennifer Kauffman-Buhler and Christopher Wilson published by Bloomsbury in February 2019.  This volume includes her essay, "The Mangbetu Coiffure: A Story of Cars, Hats, Branding, and Appropriation."  She also co-edited the volume, Women's Magazines in Print and New Media with Noliwe Rooks and Ayana Weekley, which was published by Routledge in 2016. The volume included her essay, "Encountering Africa in Vogue: Irving Penn's African Essays." Her essay "Schiaparelli's Convulsive Gloves" was published in 2015 in Extravagances, the final volume of the Habits of Being series from the University of Minnesota. Her writing has also appeared in Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, Omenka Magazine, Design and, and BmoreArt  She is the current president of the Design Studies Forum, an affiliated society of the College Art Association. At MICA she teaches Fashion in the Avant Garde, History of Modern Design, and Modernism & After.  She received her BA in Art History from Boston University, her MA in Art History from the Art Institute of Chicago, and her PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. Please visit for downloadable versions of Pass's writing.