Kent State University has modified its mask requirements. For visitors to the KSU Museum, masks are optional and a personal choice during your visit. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries!

Welcome to the Kent State University Museum, home of extraordinary collections of historic dress, fashion, textiles, and decorative arts. Here you will find works by many of the world’s great artists and designers, known and unknown, from across time and continents.

The Museum was founded in 1982 alongside the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, and offers invaluable first-hand experiences for all students, faculty and staff at Kent State University. The Museum also serves the culturally rich communities of Northeastern Ohio as well as global audiences through the loan of objects to museums, scholarly research, and traveling exhibitions from the distinguished collection. 

TEXTURES Symposium at the KSU Museum

Convened in conjunction with the exhibition "TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair," this symposium convenes thinkers and creators from a variety of backgrounds to discuss, engage, and celebrate ideas pertaining to Black history, hair, beauty, and culture. Keynote speakers are Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka, clinical psychologist and hairstylist, PsychoHairapy LLC, and Dr. Crystal Porter, hair scientist and president of Mane Insights, Inc.

Watch the Livestream! Learn more about the Symposium Learn more about TEXTURES

We live in a world where fashion, celebrity and personality are inextricably intertwined and elevated to heights of global phenomena. A singular name — Cher, Madonna, Naomi or even Bernie — denotes an immediate and comprehensive image of personae, values and impact. The name Chanel has endured for over 100 years: What does that tell us about the House of Chanel and what does that reveal about us?

  • The Kent State University Museum proudly shares news about upcoming exhibits, events and other stories on a regular basis. Please visit our site regularly to see our most recent news. 

  • The Kent State University Fashion Museum host many exhibits throughout the year. Please be sure to check the schedule frequently for updates. 

  • The Museum Store is located on the left side of the lobby as you enter the Museum. Jewelry, apparel, books, stationery, and other fashion-related merchandise are available for purchase. Additionally, the store features select student and faculty made merchandise from the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. All faculty, staff, and students with a current KSU I.D. receive a discount of 20% off regular price items in the Museum Store. If you aren't able to visit the Museum Store in person, you may order items by contacting museum@kent.edu.

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