Material Culture

North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC) New York, 2015
One day workshopBasic Pattern-making for Costume Exhibition Dressing
November 17th & 18th, 2015
This one day, hands-on workshop will teach participants basic pattern making alterations to create garments most often used in the dressing of costume exhibitions. The workshop will start with a quick review of garment patterns. Then, using 1⁄2 scale pattern templates, participants will learn how to pivot darts, create seams, draft different sleeve and skirt silhouettes and join the bodice and skirt to create an underslip/chemise. Pattern-making experience is not necessary.


The Bard Graduate Center, Gallery Program
Creating the Ideal: Dressing and Installing Costume Exhibitions
April 2015
There are numerous objectives and challenges involved in dressing a costume exhibition. Reconditioning a historic garment forces one to know the piece on a level beyond research. In this talk, Tae Smith will explore the important role dressing plays in conservation, the overarching story of an exhibition, and the varying philosophies and approaches to garments as museum objects. A mannequin preparation and garment-dressing demonstration will follow.




Parsons the New School for Design
MA Program in Art, Design, History & Theory 
Part-time Lecturer
Level: Graduate
Course: Materiality of Fashion
In this course students will be introduced to the material analysis of textiles and fashion. Utilizing objects in the school’s study collection, students will be guided through the various steps in the process of identification, documentation and interpretation of artifacts. By engaging hands-on in the analysis of garments, students will become familiarized with the vocabulary of dress and textiles, learn to identify materials, processes and technologies, and conduct research leading to a historical contextualization of the garment. The course further provides students basic insights into museum practice and ethics, introducing them to guidelines for object cataloging, documentation, condition reporting and handling.
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Fashion Institute of  Technology
Faces & Places in Fashion Lecture Series
Tae Smith, Costume & Production Design Researcher on The Great Gatsby
Spring 2014
As part of FIT’s Faces & Places in Fashion lecture series, we were pleased to welcome FIT alumna Tae Smith (MA, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice), who served as Costume & Production Design Researcher on the feature film The Great Gatsby. Alumni, students and friends of FIT enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at Smith’s work bringing literary characters and scenes to life and working closely with Catherine Martin and Baz Luhrmann.
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