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Staff List

Tae In Ahn Tae In Ahn, Research Associate, provides support for the department's ongoing move of over 35,000 collection objects by creating and executing storage solutions. She holds an MA in museum studies: costume and textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a BA in apparel design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Elizabeth Arenaro Elizabeth Arenaro, Collections Manager, is responsible for all collections functions including preventive maintenance, storage, object-based research, and assessment. She joined the collections team in 2010 to complete the documentation photography project, and has since led the assessment project and participated in several collections moves. She co-wrote and presented a paper on the collection's moves at the 2015 New York NATCC conference, "Journey's End: Moving The Costume Institute from the Grand Scale to the Individual Object." She previously worked on the Brooklyn Museum Mellon Costume Documentation Project. Elizabeth holds an MA in visual culture: costume studies from New York University.
Anna Barden Anna Barden, Assistant for Administration, serves as the assistant to Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton. A member of the department since 2013, she has aided staff with preparations for Punk: Chaos to Couture (2013), Charles James: Beyond Fashion (2014), Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire (2014), and China: Through the Looking Glass (2015), especially as liaison to other departments throughout the Museum. Originally from Portland, Maine, Anna studied at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, graduating with a double major in Latin and classical studies and a double minor in art history and business.
Laura Bierly Lauren Bierly, Manager of Special Exhibitions and Projects, oversees The Costume Institute's installation team, leads the production of the department's annual spring and fall special exhibitions, and organizes their traveling object schedule. Before joining the department in preparation for Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (2016), she managed contemporary exhibitions, related events, and an annual artist residency at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) Project Space for five years. Lauren holds an MA in modern art, connoisseurship, and history of the art market from Christie's Education New York and a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in art history from The Pennsylvania State University.
Andrew Bolton Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge, has curated some of the Museum's most visited exhibitions, including Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011). He has written more than 12 books, lectures widely, and contributes to many publications. Prior to joining The Met in 2002, he worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for nine years. Born in Great Britain, Andrew earned a BA and an MA in non-Western art from the University of East Anglia. He has received several awards, most recently, the 2015 Vilcek Prize in Fashion.
 

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Megan Martinelli Megan Martinelli Campbell, Research Assistant, has worked at The Met since April 2014. She earned her MS from the University of Rhode Island's Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design program with a focus on historic textiles and costumes. Her thesis, "'Would Live Like Ancient Greeks': The Art and Life of Raymond Duncan," won the University of Rhode Island's Excellence in Graduate Research: Social Science Award in 2013. Megan is currently developing her research for scholarly-journal publication.
Sarah Finley Sarah Finley, Collections Management Assistant, has been with the department since June 2016. Focusing on 20th-century fashion history, she is completing her MA in fashion and textile studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology with a thesis on Paul Poiret's licensed textiles and the dissemination of couture designs from Paris to rural American home sewers. She holds a BA in history from Kent State University.
Joyce Fung Joyce Fung, Senior Research Associate, received her MA in visual culture: costume studies from New York University, and her BS in apparel design from Cornell University, where she worked in the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection. She has assisted with installations at The Costume Institute since Goddess: The Classical Mode (2003), and became the primary dresser for the department in 2010, with Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011) serving as her inaugural exhibition. Prior to her role in installation, she worked in imaging and exhibition research for the department. Joyce first came to The Met as a high school apprentice in the Department of Egyptian Art.
Amanda Garfinkel Amanda Garfinkel, Senior Research Associate, acts as a curatorial point person for departmental exhibitions, assisting the curators with research and planning. She holds an MA in decorative arts, design, and culture from Bard Graduate Center and a BFA in crafts and art history from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Cassandra Gero Cassandra Gero, Assistant Conservator, has been part of the department's conservation staff since 2012, where her main focus is preparing objects for interdepartmental and outgoing loans. Prior to her role in conservation, she worked in collections, leading the assessment project. Cassandra holds an MA in fashion and textile studies: history, theory, and museum practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Jessica Glasscock Jessica Glasscock, Research Associate, serves as the departmental liaison for education and The Museum System, and manages media research and acquisition for departmental exhibitions and publications. She holds an MA in visual culture: costume studies from New York University. Her published works include Striptease: From Gaslight to Spotlight (2003) and American Fashion Accessories (2008).
Regan Grusy Regan Grusy, Chief of Staff, works closely with the curator in charge to develop and implement The Costume Institute's strategic initiatives. She is an ambassador for the department, both internally and externally, and acts as the primary point of contact between Museum leadership, supporters, and other top stakeholders. Prior to this role, Regan led development and strategic planning efforts at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Exit Art. She holds an MA in arts administration from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in studio art from Beloit College.
Anna-Maria Hand Anna-Maria Hand, Collections Management Assistant, has been with the department since August 2016. She holds a master's degree in Dress and Textile History from the University of Glasgow, where she initiated a postgraduate study group focused on 18th-century fashion and textiles. She presented her thesis, "Fashioning the Future: Innovations, Recycling, and the Consumer," at the University of Glasgow's Sustainability Conference in 2014. She also holds a bachelor's degree in art history from Towson University.
Lauren Helliwell Lauren Helliwell, Research Assistant, received an MA in 19th-century American costume from the Smithsonian-Corcoran History of Decorative Arts program in 2011. After working in the Textiles department at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Lauren joined The Costume Institute in 2013, where she primarily works on the accessory rehousing project. She co-presented a paper on the project, "From Heel to Toe: The Costume Institute Shoe Rehousing Project," at the 2014 Annual Meeting of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
Mellissa Huber Mellissa Huber, Research Associate, acts as a curatorial point person for departmental exhibitions, assisting the curators with related research and planning. She holds an MA in visual culture: costume studies from New York University, and a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a minor in art history.
Julie Le Julie Lê, Librarian, oversees The Costume Institute's Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library as chief custodian of its collection containing over 30,000 books and periodicals, 1,500 designer files, and extensive special collections materials, including fashion plates, photographs, illustrations, textile swatches, lookbooks, archives, and related ephemera. Lê also curates the library's Instagram account and works closely with staff from the Thomas J. Watson Library. Lê holds an MA in information and library science with an advanced certificate in archives from Pratt Institute, and has more than 10 years' experience working in libraries and archives.
Christopher Mazza Christopher Mazza, Conservation Assistant, provides support for the department's in-house exhibitions and preservation of the costume collection. He holds an MA in fashion and textile studies: history, theory, and museum practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an MFA in writing from the University of Alaska. Prior to joining The Met, he was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Advanced Training in Textile Conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Laura Mina Laura Mina, Associate Conservator, received her MA in fashion and textile studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and her BS in performance studies from Northwestern University. Before joining The Met, Laura worked with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.
Marci Morimoto Marci Morimoto, Research Associate, has worked for the department since 2003. In addition to object care and housing, she works extensively in database management, facilities management, and collections emergency response. Marci holds an MA in visual culture: costume studies from New York University and a BA in history and museum studies from Earlham College. Her primary area of knowledge is in 18th- and 19th-century Western costume.
Rebecca Perry Rebecca Perry, Senior Research Assistant, facilitates donations and purchases for The Costume Institute's collection as the coordinator for departmental acquisitions. She previously served as the department's curatorial graduate intern, where she assisted with the exhibition research for American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (2010), Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), and Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012). She is a PhD candidate at Bard Graduate Center, where she received her MA and MPhil in the history of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture; her dissertation focuses on the clothing of preadolescent girls in mid-20th-century America.
Glenn Petersen Glenn Petersen, Conservator, has been with the department since 2012. He has worked as a professional conservator specializing in costume for over 20 years, holding staff positions at the Museum at FIT, the Brooklyn Museum Mellon Costume Documentation Project, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Glenn received his BA in mathematics and art history from Wesleyan University and his MA in museum studies: costume and textiles conservation from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where his graduate thesis explored the motion aesthetic in millinery design during World War I.
Jessica Regan Jessica Regan, Assistant Curator, specializes in 18th- and 19th-century fashion. She earned her MA in art history from University College London and her BA in art history from New York University. Since joining The Costume Institute as an intern in 2001, she has worked on numerous departmental exhibitions, most recently Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire (2014) and Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion (2016).
Rebecca Sadtler Rebecca Sadtler, Collections Management Assistant, received an MA in decorative arts, design history, and material culture from Bard Graduate Center in New York City and holds a BA in fashion history and theory from Central Saint Martins. Before joining The Met, she interned in the Research and Fashion and Textiles departments at the Victoria and Albert Museum and at the Alexander McQueen Archive in London. Her long-term research on the work of American fashion designer Elizabeth Hawes recently won Bard Graduate Center's Mr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts Award. Her primary academic knowledge and interests encompass 20th-century fashion design, historiography, and methodology.
Sarah Scaturro Sarah Scaturro, Head Conservator, is in charge of the conservation laboratory and the preservation of the collection. She was previously the textile conservator and assistant curator of Fashion at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Most recently, Sarah co-authored "Inherent Vice" in Charles James: Beyond Fashion (2014), and was the guest editor for the special issue on "Curating Costume/Exhibiting Fashion" for the Journal of Fashion, Style and Popular Culture. She received an MA in fashion and textile studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology; a BA in history and Italian from the University of Colorado, Boulder; and is currently pursuing a PhD at Bard Graduate Center.
Shelly Tarter Shelly Tarter, Collections Management Assistant, joined the department in 2015 as a volunteer and currently assists with preparing The Costume Institute's collection for its return to renovated facilities. Shelly is an MA candidate in the visual culture: costume studies program at New York University and holds a BFA in design/technical theatre from Abilene Christian University. Most recently she was selected to present her thesis work, "Double—No—Triple Spanx!: Fashion-Body-Dress and Women in Contemporary Comedy," at the 15th annual Richard Martin Visual Culture Symposium at New York University. Her current research focuses on the intersections of humor and fashion in Western cultures.
Virginia Theerman Virginia Theerman, Collections Management Assistant, works with accessory placement, general object care, and offsite storage maintenance for The Costume Institute. Prior to arriving at The Met, she worked at the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University as a curatorial assistant, contributing to the Immortal Beauty (2015) and Philadelphia in Style (2016) exhibitions. After receiving a BS from Drexel University in both art history and design and merchandising, she will pursue an MA in fashion and textile studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Anna Yanofsky Anna Yanofsky, Research Assistant, has been with the department since 2012. As part of the assessment team she regularly presents object-based research to curatorial, conservation, and collections staff. Anna earned her MA in fashion and textile studies: history, theory, and museum practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she curated the exhibition Incomparable Women of Style: Selections from the Rose Hartman Photography Archives, 1977–2011. She recently published an article on the 19th-century roots of the current sustainable-fashion movement, and contributed to an article about the history of the fashionable caftan for Collector's Weekly.
Tracy Yoshimura Tracy Yoshimura, Research Assistant, researches collection objects and helps prepare the collection for its return to renovated facilities as part of the capital projects and assessment team. Tracy is an adjunct professor at New York University, where she teaches fashion curation in the visual culture: costume studies graduate program. She received an MA in fashion and textile studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she co-curated the exhibition Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution. Her thesis traces the history and innovations of New York City's Charivari boutiques.