Meet the LFC Staff


JILL M. CAREY, M. Ed.
Professor of Historic Fashion and Curator of the Lasell Fashion Collection 

The relationship between dress and cultural understanding is at the core of Jill Carey's teaching and research in the field of historic clothing. She was honored by Lasell College as the Joan Weiler Arnow Professor'49, a three-year endowed position awarded for excellence in teaching and community impact. Carey has presented on various topics related to historic and contemporary fashion at a variety of academic institutions, corporations, and professional conferences in the United States and abroad. In addition, she has co-authored two books, The Fashionable Nurse and Fashion and Satire. Her curatorial efforts on behalf of the Lasell Fashion Collection have resulted in a National Endowment for the Arts grant award and recognition as "Best College Collection" by Boston Magazine. Jill Carey consistently works with students to install public exhibitions that feature artifacts housed in the Lasell Fashion Collection. Venues such as the American Textile History Museum, the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Rosecliff Mansion and the Society of Illustrators in NYC have hosted such collaborations centered on experiential education. Most recently, Jill guided the transfer of over 1,200 museum-quality artifacts into the LFC and purposefully collected traditional dress from Vietnam, Mexico and Japan to further develop the global profile of the collection. In the years prior to her faculty appointment at Lasell College, Jill Carey developed and expanded the study of historic clothing as a core requirement in a variety of fashion programs in the Boston area.

Teaching Mission:
I seek to nurture an enthusiasm for the study of historic and contemporary fashion by illustrating my own zest for the material. I love what I do and express this passion through connected learning opportunities associated with the Lasell Fashion Collection as a tangible educational resource. I believe that a keen interest in the field starts with the sense that one has a contribution to make; therefore, I encourage each student to discover personal connections between history, dress, identity and culture.


 

Stephanie Hebert
STEPHANIE HEBERT, M.A.
Collections Manager of the Lasell Fashion Collection 

Stephanie has been working with museum collections since her first internship in 2001.  That experience prompted her to turn her academic pursuits in Greco-Roman history and archaeology into a career path in the museum field.  She is a 2004 graduate of Tufts University's Museum Studies Certificate Program, and in 2007, she completed her M.A. in History and Museum Studies with a focus on late 19th-mid 20th century American domestic history, also at Tufts University.  Prior to her current position at Lasell College, Stephanie worked at The Phillips House, an historic house museum in Salem, MA for two years, and at the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) in Lowell, MA for the past 12 years.  Stephanie was one of the core members of the collections staff who worked to identify new repositories and responsibly document and disperse the collections upon the closure of the ATHM in 2016, including 1,200+ artifacts that were transferred to the Lasell Fashion Collection.  Having a strong background in caring for textile collections, she has presented on textile-related collections management topics at the New England Museum Association Conference, the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists Conference, and the Massachusetts History Conference.  From 2011 to 2014, Stephanie was a frequent guest lecturer for Tufts University's collections management class in the Museum Studies Certificate Program, speaking on topics such as exhibitions, loans, fine arts insurance, and database management.  She has always been drawn to historic costume in museum collections and is excited to be working with students and faculty who share that passion.  She believes that there is nothing quite as personal as clothing - embodying memory, emotion, identity, utility, necessity and creativity - to connect us to our shared experience as humans.