CHARLES KLEIBACKER | Kent State University

CHARLES KLEIBACKER

CHARLES KLEIBACKER 

Charles Kleibacker is one of the few American designers to have made a name for himself creating intricate garments in the couture tradition. Instead of mass-produced ready-to-wear, he created a limited number of extremely well-crafted garments that accented body shape and enhanced wearing comfort. Unsatisfied with industrial construction methods, he specialized in hand-sewn assembly techniques that enabled him to produce remarkable designs, many with highly complex bias-cut construction. As designer, collector and curator, Charles Kleibacker contributed to several exhibitions at The Kent State University Museum. Adjunct faculty member at The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, he empowered students by sharing his technical skills and by encouraging their quest for individuality.