Sue Ann Genet Costume CollectionSociety — Education
|About||Part of Syracuse University's Fashion Design program, the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection is located in downtown Syracuse in SU's Nancy Cantor Warehouse.|
|Description||The Syracuse University historic clothing collection, established in the 1930’s, is now known as the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection as it was funded in the 1980’s by Syracuse Alumnus Leon Genet in memory of his wife, a textile artist and sculptor, Sue Ann Genet. The Collection is curated by Jeffrey Mayer, Associate Professor of fashion design and history.|
Used for exhibition, research, and as classroom examples, the focus of this costume collection is women’s high fashion, and includes examples of garments which are indicative of each era, are by well known designers, or were worn by notable women.
The collection, which is comprised of over 1500 women’s garments and accessories from the periods of 1820 to the present, was taken out of storage in 2011 after a seven year hiatus and is now housed in a newly created climate controlled storage area within the Fashion Design Program at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse located on Syracuse University’s Connective Corridor campus.
Notable groupings found within the collection include an impressive holding of the American Progressive Era (1890-1920) as well as large individual groupings of designs by 20th century designers including Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Mary McFadden, Adele Simpson, Bonnie Cashin and Emilio Pucci.
Jeffrey Mayer, Associate Professor of Fashion, Fashion History and Textiles at Syracuse University, took over as curator in 2011. Drawing from the collection he curated the exhibitions, " Styling and American Family; The 1910's at Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms" which was on view at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (Morris Plains, NJ) in 2012 and in a slightly different format as 'An American Look; Fashion, Decorative Arts and Gustav Stickley" at The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse in 2013. He also curated the exhibition "Fashion After Five," on view at the Onondaga Historical Association in Syracuse November 15, 2013 through June 15, 2014.
Donations are still being accepted into the collection.