The Kent State Museum contains important collections of fashion and decorative arts. Its eight galleries feature changing exhibitions of work by many of the world's great artists and designers.

Closely linked to the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, the Museum provides students with first-hand experience with historic and contemporary fashions, as well as costumes representing many of the world's cultures. An extensive collection of American glass, fine furniture, textiles, paintings and other decorative arts combine to give context to the study of design.

The Museum serves both the University and the community through exhibitions, public programs, and research appointments in the collections.

The history of quilts in Ohio is in many ways a reflection of the history of Ohio itself since the early nineteenth century. This exhibition assembles quilts which reflect a variety of techniques including appliqué, piecework, crazy quilts, whitework, and embroidery. These different styles represent evolving taste. The quilts also reflect changes in technology, women’s lives, and forms of expression.

  • Palmer and Mull Galleries | Sara Hume, Curator
    The “Fashion Timeline” showcases the Kent State University Museum’s world-class collection of historic fashions. Encompassing over 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.

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

  • Help us preserve the legacy
    The Kent State University Museum is a world-class destination for the study and presentation of historic and contemporary fashion, textiles and related art forms. Beautiful and unique, the textiles and clothing in the museum collection are quite fragile.