Ailie Pankonien, left, collection manager, and students Katherine Santos and McKenna Applewhite pose with a shoe display for the "Benefit of the Mount: Creating Custom Cases at the TFC," a workshop to provide a hands-on opportunities for visitors to learn about creating supports for artifacts. Programming is offered through UNT OLLI.
The Texas Fashion Collection hosted 15 UNT Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for a "behind the seams" program sharing collection storage, care and cataloging. The program was led by Annette Becker, TFC director, TFC Ailie Pankonien, TFC collection manager, and Katherine Santos, CVAD graduate student and Onstead Fellow, highlighting the expertise they lend to the TFC's holdings. Santos spoke about artifact storage in the TFC permanent collection storage space and shares a dress by Patricia Lester, which is stored curled up in an acid-free box, a necessary storage technique to keep its mushroom pleats intact; and Ailie spoke about cataloging artifacts while OLLI attendees review examples on printouts from the TFC public database.
Another program session is being offered through OLLI on Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.
Image 1: Pankonien gestures while talking to a group of people sitting at small tables, in a room with mannequins and books in the background as she shares information about how to catalog artifacts to make them findable online.
Image 2: Santos holds open a small box with swirling pink fabric, presenting it to people sitting at small tables, in a room with mannequins and books in the background. OLLI members look at a Patricia Lester gown with mushroom pleats while Santos talks about the garment's texture.
Image 3: Santos gestures with her hands in front of rolling carts of clothing in an archival storage area while several people stand nearby listening and sharing information about safely storing artifacts for the TFC collection storage.
NBCDFW-TV reporter Noelle Walker caught up with Annette Becker, TFC curator and director, to give Dallas viewers a look at "Delight: Selections from the Texas Fashion College," the Spring 2022 exhibition in the CVAD Gallery. Watch the interview.
Nov. 8, 2021: "Delight: Selections from the Texas Fashion Collection"
Exhibition: Jan. 25–May 21, 2021
UNT CVAD Gallery, UNT Art Building, Denton, Texas