by Adam MacPharlain
I am the Curatorial Assistant of Fashion Arts and Textiles here at the Cincinnati Art Museum and recently I was able to travel to Europe as a representative of the Museum to attend a training course on fashion curation put on by the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London. This was a one-week program with twenty-one participants from across the UK, North America, Europe, and Asia. Each participant was encouraged to have a project in mind before the course started, anything from an exhibition to collaborating with designers. At the end of the program, we were asked to share our project and how the course helped us further develop our ideas.
Some of the highlights of the course:
Beyond attending the course, I went to as many fashion exhibitions as I could. In London I was able to see installations at Kensington Palace and the Museum of London. I also decided to hop over to Paris and saw exhibitions at the Musée Galliera and took a 3-hour train ride to Granville to the Musée Christian Dior. One thing I learned is that February is not a good time to go to Europe for fashion exhibitions. Several museums that I had hoped to visit were in-between temporary exhibitions, including, the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, the ModeMuseum in Antwerp, and even the V&A (luckily they have their permanent fashion gallery!).
Overall, the course and seeing these exhibitions were a great opportunity for my own professional development and also a great way to keep up with best practices in the museum field.