Tackling Tokenism and Diversity in Museums | Conversations on Dress | Costume Society of America

by Elizabeth Way & Darnell-Jamal Lisby & Susan Neill & Georgina Ripley & Sarah J. Rogers


September 24, 2020

Collecting and exhibiting fashion in Western museums has traditionally centered around wealthy, able-bodied, mainstream, Eurocentric ideals. Likewise, those working with costume collections have often fit this same mold. As we know, this is not representative of the diverse communities and cultures that these museums serve.

In this roundtable, panelists talk about how they have addressed inclusion in their work — from education, gatekeeping, collection management, curatorial practice, employment, and more. They discuss the difficulties they have encountered and examine some examples of best practices within museums and costume collections.

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