Professor Guthrie is an established and well-respected fashion educator with over 25 years of teaching experience at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Fashion Design + Merchandising. She has served in an administrative role since 2011 as an the Assistant and Associate Chair. Kimberly’s research focuses on sustainability in the fashion industry and on developing and restructuring courses that prepare the next generation of fashion designers to develop apparel utilizing sustainable design approaches and strategies.
She has presented her research all over the world. Her teaching areas include draping, patternmaking, construction, tailoring, collection development, product development, computers for fashion, technical design, trend forecasting, fashion show production, and sustainable strategies for fashion design. She is also the founder and study abroad director of the VCU Fashion in Florence summer program which is celebrating its 10th year.