polo custom Grant helps preserve fashion collection at UCO
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently awarded a $6,000 Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions to help fund the preservation assessment of the historic fashion collection at the University of Central Oklahoma.
The project, titled “University of Central Oklahoma Fashion Museum Collection: Assessment and Preservation Training,” contains more than 1,000 pieces of clothing, hats, shoes and accessories from the 1890s through the 1970s. The collection includes clothes from internationally known designers, such as Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Christian Dior and Oscar de la Renta.
Project director Mary Huffman,
coordinator of grants and contracts for UCO’s College of Education and Professional Studies, said the grant will allow UCO to hire a textile conservator. The conservator will perform a general preservation assessment of the collection and will hold a workshop on the care and preservation of textiles this spring. The workshop will be open to students, faculty, museum professionals and volunteers in the field.
“Items such as these can be hard to care for and preserve long term,” Huffman said.
“This grant helps us to ensure that our pieces will be given the very best treatment going forward. The collection eventually will be available digitally, as well as to the public for research and study.”
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