Lasell’s current display at Dana-Farber features a 1950s Jacques Tiffeau cocktail dress. (Photos courtesy of Jill Carey)
Natalie Kfoury – Co-Editor-in-Chief
The fashion department has partnered with Dana-Farber and Frederic Sharf, who organizes exhibitions of fashion and art at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber, and Boston Children’s Hospital, to install the first piece of fashion in Dana-Farber’s art collection. Senior fashion merchandising major Kayla Diggins worked to provide research on the dress that is currently on display at the hospital. This opportunity gives Lasell a permanent location to display approved fashion pieces and will be rotated on an annual basis. Professor Jill Carey worked with curators from the hospital to find appropriate fashion pieces for the display and worked with A Street Framers in Cambridge to create a frame for the display to accommodate different pieces for future installations. In addition, Cary worked with Sharf who provided funding and guidance.
“This partnership provides visibility for the college’s fashion collection and the healing power of dress,” said Carey. “The success of this project is based on a commitment from all interested parties which merged a philanthropist, a hospital, and an academic institution.”
Sharf purchased three 1950s dresses, now part of the Lasell Fashion Collection, to work with the rest of the organized collection at Dana-Farber. The dress on display is a cocktail dress made of silk chiffon by Jacques Tiffeau, a native of France who was influenced by his relationship with famed designer Christian Dior.
Carey said she is excited about the partnership and believes it will be excellent recognition for Lasell and education as 500,000 people will walk by the display each year.
“My dream is that Dana-Farber will create an entire wing of framed fashion for their community which would rotate on an annual basis,” said Carey. “This type of installation would create opportunities for more than just one student regarding research writing to create text panels and tagging information for clothing.”
Dana-Farber’s Yawkey Center contains a world class art collection of nearly 500 works by local and international artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Harry Benson. Lasell students enrolled in Collection Research and Management who have successfully completed Fashion History may have the opportunity to work on the research and display at Dana-Farber.