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Behind the Scenes

Insights into The Work of Researchers, Curators, and Project Managers on the Costume Collection

Elizabeth Fiorentino
Project Manager
"Processing the Unknown: Logistical Solutions"

Plácida Grace Hernández
Assistant Curator
"Learning from Labels: Mapping Out the Fulton Street Shopping Area"

Katie Netherton
Research Assistant
"The Design Lab's Dynamo: Portrait of Michelle Murphy"

Jessa J. Krick
Senior Research Assistant
"Research and Serendipity: Discovering a Family through the Prince Donation"

Jessica G. Rall
Research Assistant
"A Story of International Friendship: The Gratitude Train Mannequins"

Panel Discussion

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Question-and-Answer Session

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About the Speakers

Elizabeth Fiorentino was the Collections Manager of the Costume Documentation Project at the Brooklyn Museum held from 2005 to 2009. She was previously a Collections Care Specialist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for six years in the department of Conservation and Collections Management. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Fiber from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the School of Arts and Design at Alfred University.

Placida Grace Hernandez is 2010–2011 Polaire Weisman Research Fellow in the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she is continuing her research on Brooklyn dressmakers represented in the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection. 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 Antonio Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for nearly five years, attaining the position of associate in collections care. A copyeditor and writer, she is also completing her tenth year as a proofreader at the New Yorker magazine. She 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.

Katie Netherton, a Texas native, graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising. After deciding the retail business wasn't for her, she did her undergraduate internship with the Texas Fashion Collection. Katie went on to receive a Master of Arts in Visual Culture: Costume Studies from NYU. She has worked with many world-renowned costume collections, such as the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York, as well as auction houses Sotheby's and Doyle's. Her biggest accomplishment to date is working on the historic Brooklyn Museum Costume Documentation Project from 2006-2009, which produced this research on Michelle Murphy and the Edward C. Blum Design Lab. Most recently, Katie has worked with the Harry Ransom Center, an archive at the University of Texas in Austin, and continues to engage in independent costume-related research projects.

Jessa J. Krick served as the Senior Research Assistant for the Costume Documentation Project. She holds an M.A in the history of decorative arts from the Bard Graduate Center. She completed her undergraduate studies at Willamette University and is currently the Collections Manager/Curatorial Assistant for Historic Hudson Valley.

Jessica G. Rall is a research assistant for the Costume Documentation Project.

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