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Fashion in the Museum: Behind the Scenes at the Study Collection Columbia College Chicago

I only recently learned about the wonderful dress collection at Columbia College Chicago. During the recent CSA Midwest Symposium in Chicago, Jacqueline WayneGuite, the Collection Manager, welcomed a large group of us into the Study Collection for a tour. After I returned home, I thought that it would be the perfect way to end my series as Fashion Columnist for Worn Through by featuring this very …

Fashion in the Museum: Clothes Tell Stories

At the recent annual meeting of ICOM (the International Council of Museums) in Rio de Janerio, the Costume Committee launched a website called: Clothes Tell Stories. Intended to assist museum professionals with responsibilities for textiles and dress in museums around the world, this site offers guidance on topics such as care of dress artifacts, how to chose a mannequin,  as well as the use of …

Fashion in the Museum: Some of my Favourite Pieces

When this post goes live, I shall be in London, England, probably with my head deep in a research archive. Instead of a lengthy post, I thought it would be fun to showcase some of my favourite pieces from the Digitization Project of the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection  – or at least the ones that have been edited so far.  This elegant ensemble from the …

Fashion in the Museum: Digitizing a Collection

From the beginning, my work to edit and re-establish the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection has been motivated by a desire to make it accessible to as wide an audience as possible, including students, faculty, visiting researchers, and the general public. Up until this point, most of what is in the collection is in a file in my brain since the database is corrupted and unusable. …

Fashion in the Museum: The Opening of The Fashion History Museum

Although the Fashion History Museum was founded in 2004 and has had touring exhibitions circle the globe, it did not have a permanent home until recently. After signing a lease in the spring, founders Kenn Norman and Jonathan Walford and several volunteers worked long days to get the site up and running in less than two months. Located in unit 161 of the Southworks site (originally a …

Fashion in the Museum: Toronto

I’ve travelled far and wide to see exhibitions of fashion in the museum, including cities like London, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. This summer, Toronto, which is the fourth largest city in North America and within easy travel distance from cities like New York and Chicago, has several very exciting exhibitions of fashion on display. The Royal Ontario Museum is home to one …

Fashion in the Museum: Managing a Renovation Project

The last shelf went up yesterday and the work crew have packed up…. Although I have a background in architecture and two home renos behind me, managing the renovation and relocation of Ryerson Fashion Research Collection was a huge undertaking. Having made it through the other end of that process, I can see now that I was innocent of the many obstacles that would fall …

Fashion in the Museum: The Viktor&Rolf Dolls

The cold perfection and the haunting gaze of the Viktor&Rolf dolls – recently on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto – embody what Freud has defined as uncanny –– that “intense feeling of strangeness that can occur when encountering something that is both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time, causing doubt as to whether or not the object is, in fact, alive”. …

Fashion in the Museum: Discursive Spaces

Breaking the walls of the museum has become my manta, in my attempt to make the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection an accessible resource for students, faculty, and visitors. Like many transformational projects, the obstacles have been enormous and I continue to fight for support and recognition. This week I will be speaking at the Discursive Spaces conference, which is co-presented by Ryerson University School of Interior Design, …

Fashion in the Museum: Dollars and Sense Part II

Subtitle: Ideas on Managing Time and Resources in the Museum Part II In my last Fashion in the Museum column called Dollars and Sense Part I on May 23, 2013, I identified three of six strategies for dealing with limited resources and making the most efficient use of your time. This is second part of that article to offer ideas on how make do with less. …

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