A Legacy in the GMD Collection
We remember Margot Siegel with a look at her contribution to the GMD collection
The Goldstein Museum of Design said farewell to one of its most ardent supporters, Margot Siegel, a lifetime member and donor, who passed away on February 24. As the daughter of Jeanne Auerbacher, a revered buyer for Dayton's Oval Room, Siegel began developing her keen eye for fashion at a young age. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1944, Siegel drew on her vast knowledge of design throughout her long career. She worked for publications like Women's Wear Daily, wrote the book Look Forward to a Career! Fashion (1970), and contributed to the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005).
Her long list of accomplishments also includes founding Friends of the Goldstein Museum at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, for more than 40 years, the always fashionable Siegel continually donated pieces from her personal collection to the Goldstein Museum of Design - making a particularly substantial contribution to the breadth and quality of the costume collection. She will be deeply missed. A selection of her generous gifts is featured below.