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Costume Collections: A Collaborative Model for Museums

A two-day symposium was held in conjunction with the exhibitions American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (on view at the Met May 5–August 15, 2010) and American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection (on view at the Brooklyn Museum May 7–August 1, 2010).

The symposium examined the historic collection-sharing collaboration between the Brooklyn Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first day's program, presented at the Brooklyn Museum on May 21, 2010, illuminated the particulars of the innovative arrangement and provided insight into the three-year collection assessment project that preceded it. The second day of the symposium was presented at the Met on May 22, 2010.

The event was co-hosted by the Brooklyn Museum and the Met's Costume Institute.

Kevin Stayton, Chief Curator, Brooklyn Museum, and Harold Koda, Chief Curator, The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jan Glier Reeder, Consulting Curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Staff members, Brooklyn Museum Costume Documentation Project

Andrew Bolton, curator, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jan Glier Reeder, Consulting Curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Moderator: Dilys Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Moderator: Shelley Fox, Donna Karan Professor of Fashion Design, Parsons The New School for Design

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