|The Costume Society of America's Richard Martin Exhibition Award
annually recognizes up to two institutions for outstanding achievement
in the area of costume exhibition. Awards are presented at their
National Symposium, which this year will be held in Atlanta, Georgia
from May 31 - June 2, 2012. The Museum at FIT's Eco-Fashion: Going Green exhibition (May 25 - November 13, 2010) was recognized in 2011 alongside the Costume Institute's (Metropolitan Museum of Art) American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity. We're proud to congratulate the Eco-Fashion's co-curators Jennifer Farley and Colleen Hill.
Costume exhibitions are by their nature complex, and even modest ones require the time, energy and expertise of many people. They are collaborative efforts and represent the synergy of the curator's scholarship, a conservator's skill, the designer and preparator's artistry, the development department's fund raising success, the promotional skills of marketing, educational programming, and frequently the devoted efforts of docents and other volunteers.
|The Richard Martin Exhibition Award is named for Richard Martin (1947-1999), curator of costumes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology. An elegant and gracious man, Richard Martin was an outstanding scholar, lecturer, critic and curator of many critically acclaimed costume exhibitions. A Fellow of the Costume Society of America, Richard Martin served on its board of directors for six years. He also served as editor of Dress, the society's scholarly journal, and as president of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Exhibitions that win this award exemplify the standards of excellence established by the late Richard Martin.|