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FIT Alumni offer tips on tacking care of your wardrobe on Fashionista

FIT Home Campusㅣ2020-04-28 09:45

One way to live more sustainably is to make your clothing last. Ann Coppinger, senior conservator at The Museum at FIT, and Sarah Scaturro, chief conservator at the Cleveland Museum of Art—both FIT alums—offer tips on taking care of your wardrobe on Fashionista. 


TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR CLOTHES LAST, STRAIGHT FROM FASHION MUSEUM CONSERVATORS


Museum-employed garment conservators aren't likely to be spotted on the front row at fashion week. But as fashion's links to environmental damage and climate change become increasingly urgent, professionals who are specially skilled in making clothing last longer may have a unique role to play in the fight against a throwaway clothing culture.


Ann Coppinger, senior conservator at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, specializes in prolonging the life of clothes in museum collections. Coppinger is in charge of caring for a collection of over 50,000 objects dating back to the early 1700s that includes men and women's clothing, accessories, shoes, hats and more.


"There are many stories that can be derived from the artifacts," Coppinger explains. "They're little time capsules, the product of the time and place in which they were made and created." 


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