Generous $1 Million Gift Elevates Apparel Design Collections

A jacket in the Goldstein Museum of Design collection.

Close friends of the College of Design have committed $1 million for an endowment to create a named faculty position. This generous gift will provide an ongoing source of funding to support a faculty member who will further the scholarship related to historic dress and curate the historic dress collection in the Goldstein Museum of Design. This significant commitment was made possible by donors who wish to remain anonymous.

“We celebrate the forethought and sincerity of these extremely generous donors,” said Dean Carol Strohecker. “Ensuring the ongoing integrity of the collection through support for its curator means our students and faculty will continue to benefit, in perpetuity, from object-based learning and research.”

This endowed position will guarantee the future of these incomparable historic dress collections by funding their permanent stewardship. The new faculty position will build scholarship through the collection, work with faculty and students to engage with history through artifacts of material culture, and lead educational initiatives to expand access to the collections.

“This is an incredible commitment, truly heartfelt,” said Elizabeth Bye, department head for Design, Housing, and Apparel. “We are so fortunate to have the only design museum in the Upper Midwest housed within our college. Our design students and faculty will continue to discover how apparel history and material culture connect us to the past and help us to imagine the future.”

Established in 1976 with the expansion of McNeal Hall, the Goldstein Museum of Design champions the values of Vetta and Harriet Goldstein and their passion for “art in everyday life.” With more than 30,000 objects, the Goldstein Museum of Design uses the power of design to foster improved quality of life for all individuals and communities.

The donation, a future commitment, is one of the largest received through the Driven by Design Campaign. To date, $17 million has been raised, 57% of the $30 million goal.

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