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Collections Manager

Costume Society of America

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Costume Society of America

2956 East Del Mar #244

Pasadena, California 91107

United States

Company Description

CSA serves individuals, students, institutions, and libraries. Our primary membership consists of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, both generalist and specialist, who share a passion for the history and serious study of costume. We seek m ... more

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Dennita Sewell: Costume Curator
About Dennita Sewell
Dennita Sewell is the Collections Manager at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The Interview
Dennita Sewell is a keeper of the flame for fashions past.When she starts her day and unlocks the door to the storage room of the Costume Institute, there's a little jump in her stomach, a mixture of awe and excitement about what the day might bring.
Sewell lived on a 400-acre farm and learned to sew before she could read, helping her mother and grandmother with the quilts they made."My family has lived in this area since the early 1800s.My dad raises soybeans and we hada dairy farm for a while," she explains."Going to college wasn't the expected thing to do, but I was valedictorian in my high school and got a full scholarship to the University of Missouri."Sewell,, who signed up for a work-study program, didn't initially know what to enroll in.When she walked in on a campus theatre production something clicked.

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Dennita Sewell is fashion curator at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she has staged 30 exhibitions. She was previously collections manager at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. [cached]

Dennita Sewell

Costume Curator

"When they closed the store in ... [cached]

"When they closed the store in 2013, they were advised by Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, that they had a really important archive and they should place it somewhere," says Dennita Sewell, PAM's Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design.

"It's a capsule from a particular time period," Sewell says.
The Legatos expanded their fashion purchasing forays to Paris in the late 1970s through the 1980s, Sewell explains.
They had this very fashion-forward store in a very unlikely place," Sewell says.

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