The head officer oversees the museum. She is assisted by deputies responsible for the operations, administration, and curatorial divisions.


A curator’s work is at the heart of the museum and is grounded in its collection: among other duties, curators are responsible for the developing and directing of the collection and interpreting it for the public through exhibitions and their related publications. In so doing, they collaborate with all museum departments.

Conservation and Registration

Preservation is one of the museum’s main missions. The museum has a fully equipped textile conservation laboratory and a staff of three conservators who are responsible for the safe storage, treatment, and mounting of all the textiles and costumes in the collection and on display. The conservators are also responsible for all non-textile objects held by the museum.

Registrars focus on the practical aspects of collection care and tracking—assigning each piece a unique number as it enters the collection, adding to and maintaining the collection database, and getting objects out and putting them away as needed. Registrars also handle related issues such as insurance, loans to and from private individuals and other institutions, and the safe transportation of objects and even entire exhibitions.

Education/Programs and Library

Museum educators develop and implement the content for the museum’s education studio and coordinate with local schools for the many school tours the museum hosts each year. Program officers develop textile-related adult programs, such as lectures and workshops, held periodically.

The museum’s textile- and fashion-focused library, small but growing fast, is related specifically to the museum’s mission and activities. It is open to the public by appointment.