Matt Porter


PhD Student


Matt Porter, is an educator, designer, and sociocultural anthropologist with an emphasis on fashion theory, epistemologies of dominance, design anthropology, and the US Military. His approach maps critical theory onto concepts and strategies of design and material production blending the disciplines of design and social science. In line with research that focuses on fashion’s role in cultural construction, Matt’s design work tends to exude social commentary through traditional tailoring and menswear. Notable work includes his photo exhibition on fashion and ethnicity entitled Contamination which has been showcased in Philadelphia, New York, and Manchester, UK as well as current research on US Military Uniforms and academic-industrial systems. Matt had held custom design positions in both Dallas and New York and has previously worked at the Texas Fashion Collection and Parsons School of Design. He is currently a PhD student at UC Irvine, and holds a BA in Fashion Design from the University of North Texas and an MA in Fashion History & Theory from Parsons School of Design.

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