Experience: Chicago History Museum Costume Curator, 2019–present; Professor of Fashion History and Design, Columbia College Chicago, 2007–present; Director and Curator of Haifa Faisal Collection of Saudi Arabian Tradition Arts, 1991–2000; Chicago History Museum Assistant Exhibition Designer, 1987–90; Assistant Curator of Costumes, 1983–87. Costume Designer, BBC Television, 1979–80.
Education: MA, Adult Education, DePaul University. BA, Fashion Design and Fashion History, Middlesex University.
As the Museum’s Curator of Costume, Heaven develops exhibitions that feature the Museum’s renowned fashion collection and offer accessible and diverse interpretations of the city’s history through clothing. Heaven is also responsible for acquiring new objects to continue to develop the museum’s world renown costume collection. As a professor of fashion history and design, her awareness of cutting-edge trends in fashion design facilitates a unique approach to curating exhibitions. Heaven has published many scholarly articles, including one in Art Deco Chicago: Making America Modern (2018), the companion publication to the exhibition Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America.
In 2013, Heaven served as Consulting Curator for the Museum’s exhibition, Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair (March 16, 2013–May 11, 2014). She also authored an essay for the accompanying catalogue. The exhibition traveled to eight major museums nationwide and won the Costume Society of America’s prestigious Richard Martin Exhibition Award. In 2019, Heaven curated Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and 40s (April 8, 2019–January 21, 2020) for the Chicago History Museum.