College of Professional & International Education

Collections Management for Costume and Textiles
Professional Designation Program

Tawny Sherrill, Program Coordinator
Emeritus Lecturer, Costume History and Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Design Program, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, CSULB. She is the founding committee member of the Collections Management program. She has served as a costume consultant for exhibitions at the Skirball Cultural Center, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, and the Nixon Presidential Library, among others. She catalogued the costume and textile collection of the Fullerton Museum Center and was a member of the two-woman team who orchestrated the deaccession of the collection via transfer to a number of other institutions. As a dress historian, her particular area of expertise is sixteenth century Italian women's dress, a subject on which she has published a number of articles and served as a consultant to the research of art historians for publication. Previously, she served as a needlework consultant to Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party.
Fionn Zarubica
Lecturer. Fionn, a Serbian American and a native of Los Angeles, California, attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as the University of California, Los Angeles. Fionn worked for over twenty years as a costume designer, designing costumes for theater, film, ballet, opera and television in the United States, Canada and Europe.  She has worked at the Autry National Center on the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Preservation Project, and in January of 2006 joined the department of Costume and Textiles of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where she was responsible for the management and care of the museum's renowned and comprehensive costume and textile collections, and oversaw ongoing rotations of the permanent collection throughout the museum. Her most recent success was the critically acclaimed Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983 (LACE 2011) part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition series. In addition to serving as Managing Partner of Fionn Zarubica & Associates, she is the director of a Collections Management Certification Program in Serbia and is an instructor for the Costume and Textiles Collections Management Certificate Program at California State University Long Beach, The College of Professional and International Education.