Two great opportunities in Historical Clothing

Here are two great opportunities in the field of historical clothing:

Research Assistant, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum
TheCostume Instituteseeks a Research Assistant who will be responsible for the preparation and dressing of mannequins for a photography project. The primary responsibility will be to systematically record costume objects. Successful candidates will have knowledge of costume history, experience with TMS, excellent interpersonal, communication skills and experience with object handling and storage. Demonstrated experience in the care and handling of historic costume and accessories is necessary; ability to dress 18th, 19th and early 20th Century mannequins and prepare objects for photography is desired; sewing and garment construction skills experience are an asset. Knowledge of care andhandling principles, materials and techniques used for the dressing andpresentation of costume objects is a must. MA degree in Museum Studiespreferred.

Who wouldn’t love to 1. work for one of the United States’ greatest museums and 2. Get to dress life size dolls in original historical clothing all day!!! Great opportunity- just the WRONG time in my life for something like this.

However, this one looks promising:

Come to the Great Smoky Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina for the annual regional symposium, Connecting Threads of History, Cultures, and Creativity. The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel just outside the Biltmore Estate, adjacent to historic Biltmore Village with its many fine galleries, boutiques, andrestaurants. Wide ranging presentations on curatorial, conservation, and reenactment-related topics are guaranteed to pique your interests!September 10 at 9:00am – September 12 at 5:00pm.

I am going to try and make this event for sure!

About Susan

Hi! My name is Susan and I am a historian, seamstress, teacher, mother, and wife. My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.