From the dream of becoming a reality, Lasell’s fashion collection was founded in 1996 and volunteered by fashion designer Jill Carey. For two years, Kelly took the initiative to collaborate with Morgan to commemorate goodwill in Boston, where she recorded a collection that the organization received. Lasell thinks this is an opportunity to bring physical historical costume references to fashion students and use them in class.
In 2016, Lowell’s Museum of American Textile History was permanently closed. After the closure, the museum donated a part of exhibits quality artifacts and costumes to Lasell College.
The series is mainly women’s dresses, from the late eighteenth century to 2006 Comme desGarçons handbags. “We do have a lot of kinds. We have clothes and accessories, and the other thing that has been developed recently is that we have a repository,” Professor Kerry said. Reference books include “Ms. Gordy’s Books” and 20th-century textile books.
In the history of fashion, Carey integrates the collection with the curriculum to enhance the academic experience of class students.
“[She] always brings artifacts. It’s really cool and hands-on. There are only so many pictures and descriptions you can learn,” says Cailin Flannery, a junior fashion design major. “…just like bras and Eviscerated corsets wholesale – so many complex parts. It must be better to see it with your own eyes. ”
The latest collection of fashion collections will transfer records from all American Textile History Museums, while updating records already owned by Lasell. Another process in this project is to shoot each artifact and digitize the entire collection into an online database.
In addition to fashion history courses, Professor Kerry also works with students who are participating in research management courses. “We have done a variety of projects related to collections. It may be possible to write an academic paper and publish or publish publications during meetings or exhibitions,” said Kerry.
Stephanie Herbert, a former registered employee of the American Museum of Textile History, will cooperate with Professor Kerry this summer to complete digital collection and organize online records.
“Lasell purchased about 1,200 fashion collections from our long-established collection. So as part of the end of the process, I’m here to help organize things,” Herbert said.
Her registrar position is another term for the collection manager. Her duties include overseeing exhibitions, storage, documents, loans, or anything related to the flow of collectibles.
The fashion collection is stored in the quality control room on the third floor of Donahue. Temperature and climate can be monitored electronically to protect clothing. The clothing either hangs or is wrapped in a file and placed in a box. This collection is currently over-capacity.
“I think the most important thing about the fashion profession is to understand that the only way we have to predict or propose other fashion trends is to understand what has happened,” said Sara Tuller, a fashion communications professional for young people.