Fashion Collection and the Hornig Fashion Resource and Research Area

Lasell Fashion Collection

The Lasell Fashion Collection (LFC) contains over two thousand items of clothing and accessories which date between the 19th & 21st centuries. This assortment is based on female dress; however there are limited examples of men's clothing as well.

The LFC is considered a “working and museum collection” which is the product of donations from both private and corporate sources. This duel designation identifies the function of this resource as a tangible tool for pedagogical initiatives regarding Lasell College's connected learning philosophy. The collection helps to bridge the gap between theory and practical application. As such, the LFC is actively used by faculty in the classroom to support student understanding of the influence and value of historic dress regarding style details, construction techniques, textiles characteristics, and societal function. The collection is also used in student scholarship regarding research projects and public exhibitions. The permanent assortment of fashion items is featured on a yearly basis in a variety of venues which include the Wedeman Gallery in Lasell College's Yamawaki Art & Cultural Center, the American Textile History Museum along with the Nancy Lawson Donahue ‘49 Center for Creative and Applied Arts where the collection is currently housed. The Hornig Resource and Research Area is an invaluable asset for the LFC for exhibiting preparations and cataloging.

The mission of the LFC is to further develop its multi faceted designation as both a working and museum collection to provide a foundation for the college's educational mission which includes “Where the Classroom is the Real World.” In other words, items from the LFC are used for teaching, research, and exhibitions beyond the campus walls. The goal is to provide a real world simulation which pertains to collection management, curatorial practices and professional presentation.