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P. Grace Hernandez

P. Grace Hernandez was the 2010–2011 Polaire Weissman Fellow in The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. From 2005 to 2009, she was assistant curator of the Brooklyn Museum Costume Documentation Project, where she oversaw the integrity of all TMS project records, reviewed the continuity of the cataloging process, and supervised and conducted research projects. Formerly, she was at the Metropolitan Museum's Antonio Ratti Textile Center for nearly five years, attaining the position of associate in collections care. Grace holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Museum Studies with an emphasis in clothing and textiles from SUNY—Fashion Institute of Technology.

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Near Neighbors: Brooklyn Dressmakers in the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

P. Grace Hernandez, 2010–11 Polaire Weissman Fellow, The Costume Institute

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013

When the Brooklyn Museum transferred its costume collection to the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute in January 2009, the Met acquired an impressive array of garments from renowned European and American designers. Some highlights from the collection were featured in the related 2010 exhibitions American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity at the Met and American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection at the Brooklyn Museum. Yet the collection also contains a set of objects with noteworthy local origins: garments and accessories made by Brooklyn-based clothing and accessory makers—milliners, tailors, and dressmakers—working independently or in department stores during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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