A Focus on Fashion: The current collecting strategy at the MFA Boston

September 14, 2012

Galliano for Dior, S/S 2007 photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Common Cod Fiber Guild is delighted to kick off its fifth season of programming with Pamela Parmal, David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Pam supervises the conservation, collection and exhibition of textiles that span ages and genre.  The MFA’s textile collection is well known for it pre-Colombian Peruvian textiles, European tapestries, woven silks, and embroideries from around the globe. It has not been celebrated for its collection of twentieth-century fashion.

Over the last ten years the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts has worked hard to make amends, using several different strategies to remedy the situation. This talk will provide an a brief history the MFA’s fashion collection and illustrate how the department has more recently worked with designers and collectors to bring examples of contemporary couture and signature twentieth-century garments to Boston.

Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7 pm
The Stata Center, Room 141
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA
Kendall Square T Stop, Red Line
Parking on street or in area lots
Members free, Guests for $5

Want to help spread the word? We have color flyers available here. Thanks for posting them in your favorite library, yarn store or cafe.

It’s our first meeting of the 2012-2013 season, and we will be accepting membership dues before the meeting.  Membership information is here.  You can sign up online or complete your form ahead of time to beat the lines!

We’ll kick off the meeting with show and tell, a bit of raffle swag and guild news.  Look forward to seeing you there!

Photo: John Galliano for Dior Couture, Paris, France, Katisha-san Evening Gown, Spring-Summer 2007; Embroidered silk satin and taffetta; cb L. 73 in.; Photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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