Lasell College Wins NEA Grant to Create Online Fashion Design Catalog

Lasell College Wins NEA Grant to Create Online Fashion Design Catalog

May 02, 2013

Lasell College President Michael B. Alexander announced today that the College is the recipient of a $20,000 2013 National Endowment for the Arts matching grant to assist in the creation of an online fashion design catalog. The Lasell grant proposal was one of 50 grants funded by the NEA in its Art Works Design category out of 1,547 eligible applications.

The grant will assist members of Lasell's fashion faculty in creating a multimedia educational resource, with three dimensional perspectives, to highlight significant techniques in American fashion design. The College will work collaboratively with the Smithsonian-affiliated American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Mass. to document the artistry of design techniques, while bringing Lasell's extensive fashion collection to a broader public audience via the internet.

The award marks the first NEA grant received by the College.

"This award represents a milestone for Lasell's Fashion Department, the College's fashion collection and for Lasell. We are proud of our faculty who designed the project and excited to see the results," said Alexander.

The online resource, to be called the Lasell Catalogue of Artistry in Fashion, will differ from current online fashion databases by focusing on individual designers, exquisite pieces of artistry, time periods, materials, and style. The catalog will be organized by category, such as beading, embroidery, and couture elements.

Works for The Catalogue will be selected from two collections as well as additional partners. Items will be showcased from the Lasell Fashion Collection, which consists of approximately 2,000 items of clothing and accessories of historic and contemporary design, and the American Textile History Museum (ATHM), which represents one of the world's largest collections of historic dress, books, photographs, textile samples and machines used in the manufacture of textiles.

"The Lasell Fashion Department is honored to have support for this important project, which will define, educate and preserve traditional crafts related to fashion design techniques," said Lasell faculty member and Joan Weiler Arnow '49 Professor Jill Carey, Curator of the Lasell Fashion Collection.

The College also intends to blend its Connected Learning educational philosophy into the project by engaging students in the creation of The Catalogue as they identify significant examples of design techniques, conduct careful analyses and literature reviews, and support the production team in preparation and stylization of artifacts. The Catalogue will be completed by 2015.