A. & L. Tirocchi Dressmakers Project website is a collaboration
between the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and the
Brown University Scholarly Technology Group. It was produced in
conjunction with the exhibition From Paris to Providence: Fashion,
Art, and the Tirocchi Dressmakers' Shop, 1915-1947, and draws
on the work of dozens of researchers, curators, and production staffers,
all of whose work has been funded by grants from the National Endowment
for the Humanities, and the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities.
the RISD Museum, Susan Hay, Curator of Costume and Textiles drove
the process from the beginning in 1989 to the opening of the show
in January 2001. She was assisted by Associate Curators Pamela Parmal
and Madelyn Shaw. Carole Villucci, Associate Curator of Education
was a critical member of the team, organizing the educational components
of the project and overseeing the construction of the curriculum.
The museum staff was assisted by a group of scholars and researchers:
Dr. Susan Porter Benson of the University of Connecticut lent her
expertise on women's history; and Dr. John Briggs of Syracuse University
investigated the Tirocchis and their workers from the point of view
of Italian immigration.
the Scholarly Technology Group, this website was produced by Sara
Grady, Claire Iltis, and David Reville from a script initially drafted
by Art historian Margaret Blagg Weaver. The databases were developed
by Jacque Russom, Giovanna Roz, and Carole Mah from work initially
done in the RISD Museum Department of Costume and Textiles.