History, Future, & Preservation

Established in 1996 through collaboration with Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Boston, MA, the Lasell Fashion Collection (LFC) has grown into an invaluable asset for the College and the larger community. With garments and accessories spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, the LFC is utilized in the classroom, as well as frequently featured in regional presentations and museum exhibitions acknowledged by Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. The depth of the collection includes significant pieces by notable designers as well as fashion from world cultures. The influence of the LFC has helped to expand Lasell's Fashion Program and enhance the visibility of Lasell College.

In 2010 the LFC was moved into a newly constructed archival environment in the Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts. This includes a compact storage space, a work room and an additional storage closet. The settings of the rooms are quality controlled to promote the sustainability of items contained in the collection. Needs regarding care and storage are ongoing. At this point, the collection owns approximately thirty archival boxes which are meant for shoes; however their use in the LFC is varied. About one third of the garments are hung on archival hangers, while the remaining are on plastic and wood. Archival paper is used to line shelving within the storage spaces as well as wrapping delicate items whether boxed or not.

With a history of innovation, Lasell College is committed to expanding this educational resource housed in the Nancy Lawson Donahue ‘49 Center for Creative and Applied Arts. The LFC relies solely on gifts and donations from faculty, alumni and outside patrons. With the help of students and faculty, these donations are catalogued and organized through Past Perfect Museum Software. Strides are currently being made regarding preservation and restoration to safeguard the Collection. Through the generosity of contributors, students are able to use this expanding treasury to further their knowledge regarding the connection between dress and social culture.