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OSCAR DE LA RENTA: AMERICAN ELEGANCE

Broadbent Gallery | Jean L. Druesedow, Director

From the moment he discovered his passion and talent for fashion design, Oscar de la Renta created elegant day and evening wear for discerning women. He has never lost sight of the woman who will ultimately wear his creations or her lifestyle, for he maintains active engagement with the fashion industry and with the social milieu in which his clients move. Oscar de la Renta's insight and appreciation of the needs of his clients are rewarded by their loyalty.

FIGURED AND FANCY COVERLETS IN THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM COLLECTION

East Gallery | Jean L. Druesedow, Director

By the second quarter of the nineteenth century, handwoven wool and cotton coverlets kept many Americans warm at night and brightened the beds of the young nation with bold, colorful designs. Often in shades of red, white and blue, utilizing patriotic symbols interspersed with floral and geometric motifs, these coverlets demonstrated pride in country and special events as well as love of color and pattern.

HAIR: THE RISE OF INDIVIDUALITY, 1790-1840

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, in Lancaster, Ohio | Dr. Anne Bissonnette, Curator

Split between nature, culture and sculpture, hair is a multifaceted topic and a medium of expression that is often overlooked. It can speak loudly and it did when, at the end of the 18th century, democratic ideals caused major social and political schisms that literally changed the face of fashion. By the 1790s, wigs and towering hairdos were going out of favor and new styles rooted in classicism ushered in an era of increased individuality.

THE AGE OF NUDITY

Higbee Gallery | Dr. Anne Bissonnette, Curator

We live in an era where less is more and informality is the norm. Although we might think that very little can shock us, fashion has a way of continually make us reassess our standards of propriety. The clothes we wear are part of an infinitely complex cultural system that can change with time and space. If understanding fashion today is a delicate process, looking back in time is a mine field, but the process is essential as few things are more intimately linked to a person's existence and sense of self.

CHADO RALPH RUCCI

Broadbent Gallery | Anne Bissonnette, Curator

Passion, creativity and craftsmanship merge in the hands of Ralph Rucci. For over two decades, Mr. Rucci has lived for his craft and has developed an exceptional body of work. He is an original known for his innovative approaches to cut and construction and for producing some of the world's finest garments. Since his first collection in 1981, he has set himself on a path where integrity, high standards and dedication meet.

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