Art, Design, and Transmedia
Department of Design
7th floor, The Warehouse
M.A., University of Connecticut
B.A., Linfield College
Jeffrey Mayer is an Associate Professor of Fashion, Fashion History and Textiles at Syracuse University in the Department of Design, a part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, as well as the curator of the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection which is housed within the department. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in fashion history and design from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon in 1987. In 1989 he earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, double majoring in museum studies and fashion history.
Mayer joined the faculty at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts in 1992, where he has been teaching Fashion History, a variety of fashion design courses as well as the overview of Textiles. He has also served as director of Fashion Study Abroad in the Department of International Programs Abroad from 1994 to 2003. In 1995, Mayer opened Conover Mayer in Syracuse, New York, with business partner and designer Todd Conover. Until 2006 when the company closed, Conover Mayer developed semi-annual collections of high-end women’s evening wear for Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.
In 2008 Mayer mounted a major historic fashion exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, ‘Marie Antoinette, Styling the 18th Century Superstar’, with an accompanying book of the same title. Exhibitions which followed included ‘Marlo Thomas as That Girl’, ‘Christian Dior 1947-1957’, ‘Emilio Pucci; Master of Print Design’ as well as ‘Styling an American Family, the 1910’s at Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms’ which was shown at the Craftsman Farms Museum in Morris Plains New Jersey. This final exhibition formed the nucleus for a major 2013 exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art entitled ‘An American Look; Fashion, Decorative Arts and Gustav Stickley’.
Mayer has also curated the exhibition entitled 'Fashion After Five: The Clothes and Culture of the Cocktail Hour', on view at the Onondaga Historical Society until June 2014.