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Kathleen Rowold, Ph.D.

Kathleen Rowold, Ph.D.
Curator of the Sage Collection

Phone: (812) 855-0338

PhD - Purdue University, 1979
MS - Miami University, 1976
BA - Albright College, 1974

Prof. Rowold is a tenured professor in the Fashion Design + Culture group, curator of the Sage Collection. She received her undergraduate degree from Albright College and master’s from Miami University, then joined our faculty in 1979 after earning her doctorate in clothing and textiles from Purdue University.

Prof. Rowold is among the world’s leading experts in the social and aesthetic history of Western fashion, and has written dozens of papers and publications on various fashion and textile issues, including the 2002 biography and design retrospective: Bill Blass: An American Designer. As curator of the Sage Collection, she is responsible for overseeing exhibitions, development activities and sharing her expertise with audiences worldwide on various topics related to clothing collection management and maintenance.

Prof. Rowold teaches a variety of introductory and advanced-level undergraduate courses in textiles, apparel structure, fashion design and theory, and the cultural and behavorial aspects of dress. In her tenure at IU, she has sponsored and directed nearly 100 master’s and bachelor’s students with their theses and individualized major programs.

Kelly Richardson

Kelly Richardson
Assistant Curator

Phone: (812) 855-4627

Prof. Richardson is the assistant curator of the Sage Collection, a 20,000-piece collection of historical and contemporary clothing, accessories and educational fashion resources. The Sage Collection serves a dual role as a high-quality museum collection intended for exhibition and research, as well as a hands-on laboratory and studio for Indiana University fashion design and culture students. Prof. Richardson was appointed to this position in 1999 and is responsible for the Sage Collection’s acquisitions, deaccessions, incoming and outgoing loans, as well as exhibit research, design and installation. Her areas of design expertise include historic clothing and textile conservation and exhibition.

Prof. Richardson received her undergraduate degree in art history from Arizona State University and master’s in historic and cultural aspects of clothing and textiles from Oregon State University. She works with IU students who visit the Sage Collection as part of their laboratory coursework.