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Burlington’s Wagreich Learns from a Master

January 6, 2019

NEWTON -- Under the mentorship of noted fashion historian Edward Maeder, Lasell College student Amanda Wagreich of Burlington was one of 38 students who apprenticed the technique of creating paper textiles, and applied it their study of historic fashion trends.

Wagreich, a Fashion Design and Production major, was one of 38 students to participate in the team-orientated, semester-long project.

Professor Jill Carey said student research teams incorporated colors and textures, as defined from the expressive Rococo period, onto paper, which then served as a medium for crafting mock garments from the era.

Students first visited the “Casanova’s Europe” exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where they were immersed in the intricacies of 18th century culture and style. A few days later, Maeder visited campus to present his work. Equipped with historical knowledge and technical dexterity, Wagreich teamed up with classmates to conduct research and begin production of a paper dress in the Rococo style, using the handmade textiles.

The concept of historic, recreated paper costume is, according to Carey, a major trend in the exhibition world. Current collections at the Frick Pittsburgh and Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts are just too of many to highlight signature vintage elements of dress using custom paper textiles.

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