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José Teunissen (1959) works as a journalist and is a curator at the Centraal Musuem in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She studied Dutch Linguistics and Cinematic Science at the Catholic University of Nijmegen where she specialised herself on the domain of the role of costumes in narrative cinema, specifically the Hollywood cinema.

After graduating, she taught Photography and Cinematic history at the Academy for the Arts of Tilburg and Film ethics at the University of Amsterdam. She also wrote about cinema for Skreen and Versus, and as a fashion journalist for the newspapers Volkskrant and Trouw.

Since 1998 José Teunissen works as curator of Fashion and Costumes at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and organised exhibitions as Dutch Modernism, Fabric of Fashion and Made in Japan. She also arranged the window project De Verleiding op Straat (Seduction on the Streets) during which Dutch fashion designers, illustrators, photographers, stylists and artists presented themselves in shop-windows on the Oude Gracht in Utrecht. José Teunissen wrote most of the text in the catalogues that where published alongside these exhibitions. For the Dutch design duo Klavers van Engelen she wrote press reports about their collections.

In 2002 José Teunissen was appointed as lector of fashion design at the fashion readership ArtEZ Modelectoraat, which is part of the Arnhem Academy for Art and Design (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem). The Modelectoraat is a theoretic framework for fashion design and art, and organises workshops, lectures and an annual symposium about a topical theme in the fashion world. In 2004 the symposium theme was ‘Fashion on the Edge’, and lectures were given by professionals from the fashion and art scene, among them José Teunissen herself. On January 28th 2005, the symposium ‘Global Fashion/ Local Tradition’ addressed the globalisation of fashion. Among others, anthropologist Ted Polhemus and Sumati Nagrath who is connected to the Lakmé India Fashion Week, gave lectures. Presentations where given by the Slovakian designers SOTO and by fashion designer Alexandre Herchcovitch.
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