Woodbury University now has examples of off-the-rack designer fashions of the late 20th century that integrate branding and menswear following a contribution from a high-profile entrepreneur.
Lynda Resnick, billionaire co-founder of POM, has donated 40 items from her personal wardrobe to the university Fashion Design Department featuring labels like Geoffrey Beene, Chanel, Azzedine, Thierry Mugler and Yves Saint Laurent. Twenty pieces were recently unveiled in an exhibition titled “Ready-to-Wear, 1985-1995: Selections from a Donation of Lynda Resnick” in the Tamkin Fashion Center on campus.
It’s the newest contribution to the Woodbury University Fashion Study Collection, which already has more than 5,000 pieces of clothing and accessories ranging from the 18th century to the present. Students learn about the evolution of styles and construction by examining items from the collection.
Students in the Fashion Exhibition course—Eric Ladouceur, Tina Pogosian, Yvonne Sone and Grace Swoope—mounted the display under the guidance of Melinda Kerstein, curator; and Maria Carrillo, collections manager.