Columbia College Chicago


Amid the dramatic rise of the blockbuster fashion exhibition over the last decade, rare, high-end and historic fashion has become both more popular and more accessible than ever. Although it is frequently collected, ordinary and everyday dress is rarely spotlighted within these exhibitions. Why is this?

Featuring renowed curators and conservators, this panel discussion will try to answer this question and more by exploring the pleasures and perils of collecting, curating and conserving mundane, ordinary and everyday dress. In doing so, this panel seeks to establish a new critical footing for the study of the relationship between fashion and the everyday within the museum.

Panelists include:

  • Michelle Millar Fisher, Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  • Virginia Heaven, Curator of Costume, Chicago History Museum
  • Alexandra Palmer, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Senior Curator, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Sarah Scaturro, Head Conservator, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Moderated by:

  • Hazel Clark, Professor of Fashion Studies and Design Studies, Parsons School of Design
  • Lauren Downing Peters, Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies and Director of the Fashion Study Collection, Columbia College Chicago

This event is free and open to the public. Registration required.

Friday, February 14 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

600 S. Michigan Ave., Ferguson Auditorium
600 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Event Type

Lecture, Talk, Discussion


School of Fine and Performing Arts, Fashion Studies


Contact Name

Lauren Peters

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