Current Exhibits | Kent State University

Current Exhibits

Fringe

Fringe Elements

Friday, July 28, 2017 to Sunday, July 1, 2018

From leather strips to silken tassels, fringe takes an array of different forms. Fringe is one of the most basic forms of ornamentation on textiles since it is a natural finish for weaving. When threads of the warp extend beyond the last weft threads they create a fringe. While originally an integral part of the textile, most fringe is now applied separately to the garment. The beauty of fringe often derives from its motion. The loose threads swing and sway at the slightest movement. Although the pieces on exhibit are still, the drama and energy of fringe remains apparent.

Christian Dior's Venus

Fashions of the Forties: From World War II to the New Look

Friday, April 7, 2017 to Sunday, March 4, 2018

The 1940s was a tumultuous period in history and the fashions of the time reflected the upheaval. World War II led to restrictions on what Americans and Europeans could wear because of rationing for civilian populations and uniforms for those who enlisted. The end of the war brought new freedoms. Christian Dior’s groundbreaking 1947 collection was known as the ‘New Look’ which came to refer more generally to the fuller skirts and hourglass silhouettes that predicted the styles of the 1950s.

Bob Mackie Red Dress

The 1980s: an Age of Excess

Friday, February 3, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017

 Broadbent Gallery | Jean Druesedow, Director "The 1980s: an Age of Excess" will highlight the sparkle and glamour of the 20th century's ninth decade. Designer gowns and elegant street wear from Europe and America — including among others Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Ungaro, Chanel and Christian LaCroix, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Patrick Kelly, Donna Karan, and Pauline Trigere — will be featured. Co-curated by Museum Director Jean Druesedow and Victoria Haworth, a senior fashion merchandising student at Kent State's Fashion School.

Glass

GLASS: SELECTIONS FROM THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM COLLECTION

Thursday, February 7, 2013 to Sunday, June 30, 2019

Tarter/Miller Gallery | Joanne Fenn

fashion timeline

FASHION TIMELINE

Friday, June 29, 2012 to Sunday, June 24, 2018

Palmer and Mull Galleries | Sara Hume, Curator The “Fashion Timeline” showcases the Kent State University Museum’s world-class collection of historic fashions. Encompassing two centuries of fashion history, this exhibition is designed to show the evolution of styles and silhouettes while contextualizing the pieces with relevant political, technological and cultural developments.