I Miss School…


So, I have to confess that I am one of those rare folks who would rather be going to school than working. It doesn’t matter about the stress of a paper, or the late nights working on a project. I crave the stimulation of it all. That is why I love working with college students at the museum. Over the years we have had quite a few graduate students do their internships in the curatorial department, and each one of them has brought with them enthusiasm, new ideas, and a sense of excitement that is contagious.

Preview of a student design inspired by ATHM’s collection.

That’s why I am so excited about our recent partnership with Lasell College and their accessory design class. ATHM will showcase the work of sixteen student designers who created hats in wool and sinamay (modern straw substitute), some based on designs in the museum’s collection. When the students came to do research at the museum, it struck a chord with me when I heard them “oooh” and “aaah” as many of them saw their first vintage piece. It was fun to listen to the students try to recreate the history of each hat; guessing who might have worn it, and where. Those were the students who I knew felt the same way about the hats as I did. Beautiful, or not, the hats had a story to tell.

Inspired Design: Lasell College at ATHM runs May 15th-August 1st. Be sure to wear your favorite hat and be inspired.

Karen Herbaugh


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