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People enjoy fashion. They
are interested in fashion
history and how things are
made. Throughout the ages,
people have always made
and designed cloth and
articles of clothing.
Although traditional
techniques will change,
styles of the past will still be
looked at for inspiration.
Paula Gulbicki
MCC Business Professor
always loved working with
fabrics of all types," said Business
Professor Paula Gulbicki, who
has been involved in MCC's
Fashion Merchandising Program for 32
years. "Everyone in my family was
always doing some type of textile
Today, Gulbicki teaches Fashion
and Introduction to
, and oversees the student
cooperative internship program. She
also is an avid and enthusiastic
collector who has hosted several
exhibitions of her textiles and vintage
accessories in the college's Henderson
Hall Gallery.
Gulbicki earned a bachelor's degree in
fashion merchandising from Pratt
Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a
master's degree in museum
administration. She worked in
Manhattan for several years as a
designer. In the '70s, she became
interested in "wearable art" and
exhibited and sold work at Julie's
Artisan Gallery and The Show of
Hands Gallery, both in Manhattan.
"I started collecting somewhat by
accident when I was given family
treasures, such as handmade quilts and
crochet pieces. My relatives knew I
would treasure and preserve them,"
said Gulbicki. Her collections have
grown with travel to Europe, Mexico,
South America and the Caribbean.
Gulbicki often uses her collections to
show students fashion connections
through the ages. Students majoring
in Fashion Merchandising at
Middlesex are enrolled in the Business
Administration Program. They usually
go into the retail industry in some
capacity. "The retail world is fast-
paced and exciting, and you can
almost always get a job. Plus, there are
many opportunities for growth,"
Gulbicki said.
Many MCC Fashion Merchandising
graduates go on to earn a bachelor's
degree at Fashion Institute of
Technology, Framingham State
University, LaSalle College, and other
schools. "Some students find a `niche'
in the industry, such as in human
resources or marketing. Others go on
to become stylists and run their own
businesses. They also work with
advertising and design agencies,
photographers and catalog companies.
Paula Gulbicki
Textiles to Connect the Ages