Taylor Pearlstein receives Outstanding College Graduate Award from AATCC
Taylor Pearlstein has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding College Graduate Award for 2018 from the Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), an organization for professionals in the fields of textiles and apparel. Taylor was selected for this prestigious award from among graduating seniors attending universities who prepare students for careers in the textile and apparel industry. Students are selected based on their academic achievements, their contributions to AATCC, their school and society.
Taylor is a Dean's Scholar at the University of Delaware, a program that provides her an opportunity to develop and propose her own academic course of study in her specific interests of textiles, art conservation, fashion, science and anthropology. Less than 5% of all undergraduates a UD receive the status of Dean's Scholar. As part of her study, Taylor has conducted scientific research at the Winterthur Museum studying fabrics from the eighteenth-century. She has also completed research at UD's Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab to create garments for individuals in physical therapy. Her research team currently has a provisional patent. Pearlstein was nominated as a 2016 UD Woman of Promise. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and was nominated by UD to apply for the Marshall and Fulbright Scholarships.
She has actively served the UD Student Chapter of AATCC as president and helped to launch "Fashioning Innovation" a conference to connect science and innovation in the world of textiles and apparel. She has served UD as a Blue Hen Ambassador giving tours to prospective students and speaking on panels about the Dean's Scholar program at UD. In addition, she has volunteered with UD's Historic Costume and Textiles Collection for the past four years and has taught elementary school students at the Salvation Army in their Fantastic Friday's education program.
Upon graduation, Taylor plans to enter the Masters in Cultural Heritage Studies program at the University College of London in the UK.
Article by Martha Carper, Professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies