While the exhibition and
the launch of this website represent the conclusion of one phase
of the A & L Tirocchi Dressmakers Project, we view the project as
ongoing. We would love to hear
from you if you have any information to add, or comments about
the materials contained here.
The RISD Museum wishes
to express its gratitude to the son and grandsons of Laura Tirocchi
Cella: Dr. Louis J. Cella, Jr., who first offered the contents of
the A. & L. Tirocchi shop to the Museum in 1989, and his
sons L. J. Cella III and Edward Cella of California. They have all
closely followed the reconstruction of the shop's history, providing
unstinting moral and financial support over the past ten years.
The exhibition, catalogue,
and web site were made possible with funding from the National Endowment
for the Humanities, dedicated to expanding American understanding
of history and culture; the RISD Museum and anonymous donors; the
web site was developed with support from the Rhode Island Committee
for the Humanities.