Curatorial practices in museums housing fashion and dress collections in the United States and the United Kingdom
Schwartz, Jessica Drew
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This study utilized in-depth interviews with curators of fashion and dress departments at large-scale museums in the United States and the United Kingdom to further explore the methods employed by curators of fashion and dress exhibitions. The objectives were to understand the various types of fashion and dress exhibitions and the goals of the curator responsible for the exhibitions; to understand the developmental process of dress and fashion exhibitions through the viewpoint of fashion and dress curators; and to understand the recent history of curatorial work within fashion and dress departments at various English and American museums. The collected data illustrates general themes concerning goals of the curators, research conducted for exhibitions, decisions concerning garments and mannequins, time frames for exhibition planning and methods of developing ideas for fashion and dress exhibitions.