This is Not a Costume (Re)centering Community Interpretations of Dress in Museum Collections

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Carrie Hertz


This reflective essay describes the research design for Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia, an exhibition and publication for the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This essay outlines the theoretical, conceptual, and collaborative foundations supporting the project and explores their implications for the future of collecting, categorizing, and representing dress in museum contexts.


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Carrie Hertz, Museum of International Folk Art

Carrie Hertz is Curator of Textiles and Dress at the Museum of International Folk Art.


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