Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Costume Society of America Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. It was such a great experience and I feel anyone interested in fashion and dress should join the Costume Society of America and try to attend this annual symposium.
During my time in Atlanta, I attended a workshop about working with mannequins, a presentation on exhibition planning, and a workshop on making invisible felt mounts for displays. I also attended as many of the research presentations as I could, all of which were very interesting, and toured the Atlanta History Center and Swan House.
I also heard Andrew Bolton, curator at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, speak about the exhibitions American Woman and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. The opportunity to meet Andrew Bolton, which presented itself at the fundraiser for the Costume Society of America, was one I will never forget. He was so gracious and friendly that it was hard to believe I was talking to one of the (if not the) top curators in the world!
The Costume Society of America Symposium also offered the chance to meet peers in my field. It was wonderful to meet so many people interested in the same field as I am and to hear where their interests are taking them. Fashion and dress history is a rather small field but the chance to connect with others was a highlight of the symposium for me.
Next year the symposium will be in Las Vegas and I’m already looking forward to it. It will be so nice to reconnect with people I met this year and to hear what they have been up to! I’m also excited to meet any new members who decide to make the trip to Las Vegas! The symposium was a great experience for me as I’ve just graduated with my Masters in fashion and dress history and am trying to find a job in the museum world.
If could sum up the experience in one word it would be: phenomenal.
(Photographs are from personal collection)