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Online Catalogue Showcases Artistry in Fashion

September 28, 2015

The art and craft of fashion -- from the Gilded Age to the 1980s -- will be chronicled in a new online fashion catalogue developed by Lasell College through a National Endowment for the Arts grant. The online catalogue launches October 1 during Boston Fashion Week.

The Lasell Catalogue of Artistry in Fashion is an online multimedia educational resource highlighting significant techniques in American fashion design, including items from the Lasell Fashion Collection archive in collaboration with the American Textile History Museum in Lowell.

"It's highlighting traditional fashion design techniques and how they are being used presently in the field and it is inspiration for the continuation of these dying arts. It's about the preservation of these techniques by documenting them this way," said Fashion Professor Jill Carey, curator for the Lasell Fashion Collection and the new online resource.

The catalogue will debut at an event October 1 at the French Cultural Library in Boston from 5:30 - 7 pm.

The catalogue is organized by category, including Fur, Embroidery, Couture Techniques and Millinery. Vintage and contemporary examples of innovative and striking design -- from an 1870 bonnet to contemporary pieces from the late 1980s -- are showcased to feature the artistry of each category.

A series of museum-quality photographs detail the art and craft involved, while three-dimensional imagery, video demonstrations, and interviews with current artists bring the catalogue to life.

"We are opening our collection and sharing it in a very engaging and lively manner. Many museums and college collections have static ways of showing this. In the online catalogue there are close-ups that show it moving," said Carey.

Interviews and demonstrations by practitioners and academics enhance viewers' appreciation and understanding of the techniques' significance which preserves the fading artistic components of design and provides inspiration for emerging designers.

According to Carey, the online catalogue is meant to be the foundation for an extensive resource for fashion students, faculty, researchers and the general public that will continue to grow.

For more information about the Lasell Fashion Collection and the online catalogue visit:
http://www.lasell.edu/academics/departments/fashion/fashion-collection.html