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"Common Threads: History of Fashion through a Woman’s Eyes"

Spring 2013

The exhibition Common Threads: History of Fashion through a Woman’s Eyes will chronicle 20th century women’s fashion and explore the meaning of fashion and art in social and historical contexts. The exhibition, to be held in the West Gallery of Old College in spring 2013, will link material culture research through garments for students, scholars and the public. The exhibition will feature highlights from the treasures housed in the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection within the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies. This interdisciplinary research project combines the expertise of faculty, staff and students from Fashion and Apparel Studies, Art Conservation, Art History, University Museums and Women's Studies.

Belinda T. Orzada is a professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware. She is currently associate chair and graduate program director. She holds a Ph.D. in Clothing, Textiles and Merchandising from Florida State University. A former director of UD’s Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, she mounted many small exhibitions in the Alison West Gallery during that time. She partnered with Dilia Lopez-Gydosh on an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions to improve storage conditions for the collection. Previously, she obtained a Center for Teaching Effectiveness grant to develop an electronic database and photograph the collection. She has worked with numerous independent study, public service assistants, and undergraduate summer scholar students through the collection. As an apparel designer, she uses historic garments and techniques as inspiration for her own juried design work. She teaches 20th century fashion history and apparel design studio courses.

Vicki Cassman (Ph.D. Arizona State University 1997 in Anthropology) is director of Undergraduate Studies in the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware. She is a 1985 graduate of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC). Before returning to UD in fall 2006, she was an itinerant textile conservator, an instructor for the WUDPAC Textile Block for six years (1986-1991) and an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1997-2006). She is the main editor for the book Human Remains Guide for Museums and Academic Institutions (AltaMira Press, 2007). Her current research interests include teaching strategies for conservation, undergraduate research, collection management, Andean Archaeology and textiles.