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On American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection

Jan Glier Reeder
Consulting Curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"On American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection"

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About the Speaker

Jan Glier Reeder is Consulting Curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a position she has held since February 2009. She curated the exhibition American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection on view at the Brooklyn Museum (2010) and authored the accompanying publication High Style: Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection (2010). She was previously at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute as collection assessment consultant from 2003 to 2005. From 2005 to 2009 she was curator of the Andrew W. Mellon Costume Documentation Project at the Brooklyn Museum, where she headed an eleven-person team dedicated to cataloging, assessing, and photographing the 24,000-piece collection. As specialist/appraiser and later associate director of the Couture and Textiles Department at Doyle New York from 1995 to 2003, she held primary responsibility for producing the biannual couture and textile auctions, which offered clothing, textiles, accessories, costume jewelry, and fashion-related artwork. She developed a private appraisal and consulting business upon her departure from that position.

In her capacity as costume historian and specialist/appraiser, she has lectured to the American Society of Appraisers and the American Association of Appraisers. Her opinions as an expert in the field have been reported in numerous publications including The New York Times, Art and Auction, and, most recently, The New Yorker. She was featured in the 2002 Power Profile issue of Art and Auction as a professional whose work had had a significant impact on the art market in the past year.

Prior to her tenure at Doyle New York, Ms. Reeder worked in museum, commercial, and academic settings. From 1991 to 1993 she was the Kate Fowler Merle-Smith Curator of Textiles at the Allentown Art Museum, where she administered a four-thousand-piece textile collection and mounted numerous exhibitions of American and Asian textiles. She has also held positions as administrative assistant for Martin Kamer, Ltd., a museum-oriented international antique clothing and textile business, and as adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she authored and taught courses on the history of couture and textiles. She is the leading American authority on the life and work of Madame Jeanne Paquin, the first great woman couturière, about whom she has lectured and published. She holds degrees from Smith College, Hunter College, and a master of arts degree in museum studies in costume and textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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