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THE WARDROBE was conceived of and founded by New York City-based archivist Julie Ann Clauss (neé Orsini), a leading expert in fashion history and collection management.

Julie Ann earned her B.A. in journalism from New York University. During and after college, she worked for several fashion publications covering fashion and beauty, and rose to Senior Fashion Writer and media spokesperson at a nationally circulated publication by the age of 25. She has appeared on television programs, including Entertainment Tonight and The Today Show in New York, as a fashion expert. She then left journalism and earned her Masters of Arts degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology, where she studied in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program.

While pursuing her Masters degree, Julie Ann co- curated "Sole Desire: The Shoes of Christian Louboutin," a retrospective at The Museum at FIT that explored what influenced and informed the acclaimed shoe designer's work, as well as his effect on fashion and culture. Julie Ann also catalogued Stephen Sprouse's archives in preparation for "Stephen Sprouse: Rock on Mars," which exhibited at Deitch Projects. Sponsored by Louis Vuitton, the exhibition celebrated the downtown designer's 1980s and 1990s era work, as well as his pop-influenced paintings.

In 2008, Julie Ann was hired by Tom Ford to establish a comprehensive archive of his work. Since founding THE WARDROBE, Julie Ann has continued to consult for Mr. Ford, and many additional designer clients – including Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lisa Perry, among others.

Julie Ann's work has been covered by Business of Fashion,Women's Wear DailyForbes, the Financial Times, and Refinery 29, among others.


“When OUR TEAM IS managing an archive it’s much more nitty-gritty collection management, making sure everything is stored properly, things are documented properly, monitoring what’s going in and out, being loaned, being returned; it’s kind of like managing a fashion closet in a magazine except with more science behind how to take care of everything. Curating is more like the writing side of things; WE need to understand the references, and think about the story that you want to tell…

It’s all really storytelling at the end of the day.