Petra Slinkard

Petra joined PEM in 2018, following her role as Curator of Costume at the Chicago History Museum, where she worked with a collection of more than 50,000 examples of fashion and textiles for exhibitions and research, acquisition and community outreach. At PEM, Slinkard fosters the growth and innovative, inclusive spirit of the museum’s celebrated fashion initiative and develops a vibrant array of exhibitions, installations and programming that celebrate the global impact and reach of fashion. She aims to strategically enhance the museum’s collection of fashion, costumes and textiles from around the world -- spanning the 17th-century through today, and work with the museum’s new Fashion Visiting Committee.

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