Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award

Established in 1999 in honor of the fourth dean of the College, this award is presented to graduates who have attained substantial achievements and are at the midpoint of their careers.

Clarissa Esguerra

  • Received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brenau University in Fashion Design and a minor in Gender Studies in 2003 before attending the University of Georgia for her Master of Science in Historic and Cultural Aspects of Dress and Textiles.
  • Since 2008, she has worked for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she serves as Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles.
  • Clarissa’s first solo exhibition, Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection and co-curated exhibit, Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015, both won the Richard Martin Award for Excellence in the Exhibition of Costume by the Costume Society of America.
  • Invited to speak at the Third International Congress of the World Society for the Study, Preservation, and Popularization of Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan.
  • Has authored, co-authored and contributed to many exhibition catalogues, journals and magazines primarily focusing on historic Western and non-Western dress.
  • Is co-curating and co-authoring the exhibition Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse and its accompanying publication. It is set to debut in April 2022 in Los Angeles before traveling to two other international venues. 
  • Regarded as having academic and hands-on technical skills that are unique to the curatorial field of costume and textiles. Highly respected for her dedication, professionalism and willingness to advise and participate in exhibition and educational projects.

Photo credit: Justin Loy

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