Retail Designer Yvonne LaFleur featured at LSU Textile and Costume Museum Annual Meeting

October 18, 2022

yvone lafleur with Friends of the textile museum

Yvonne LaFleur with fellow Friends of the Textile and Costume Museum

– Photo credit to TAM department member

Baton Rouge (10/04/2022)—The Friends of the LSU Textile and Costume Museum (LSU TCM) held its annual membership meeting that featured New Orleans-based designer and LSU alum Yvonne LaFleuron Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022.

The meeting highlighted the recent donations from LaFleur's collectionand initiatives for expansion of the museum and welcomed new faculty into the department.

LaFleur served as the featured guest speaker for the event and donated pieces from her earlier collections to the museum. "The part of the day that I enjoyed the most was visiting with the LSU students," said LaFleur during the conclusion of her speech.

The Friends of the LSU Textile and Costume Museum presented LaFleurwith the 2022 Patron Award for her support and representation of LSU as an alum of the textiles, apparel, and merchandising program.

She also received a certificate from Governor John Bell Edwards for her outstanding contributions to Louisiana and LSU. First Lady Donna Edwards donated her 2016 inaugural ball gown designed by LaFleur to the museum's First Families of Louisiana Collection.

The Fashion Research Library was indicated as the overall fundraising goal,with plans to place the library in the LSU T&CM exhibition wing. Pat Alford was announced as the library's biggest sponsor. Alford graduated from LSU with a textiles, apparel and merchandising degree in 1992 and is a past recipient of the Friends of the LSU Textile and Costume Museum Patron Award.

Dr. Michael Mamp was introduced as the newest LSU faculty member with a teaching and research interest in historicaldresses and fashion exhibitions. Mamp will work with the museum and the Friends to continue to grow and enhance the vision of the LSU T&CM.

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The LSU Textile & Costume Museum offers changing exhibitions of regional, national, and international interest.The museum promotes conservation, research, teaching, and public service as part of the Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising. The research includes studies of textiles and apparel's technical, aesthetic, historical, and sociocultural significance. It is a component collection of the Louisiana Museum of Natural History at LSU.