Current Exhibits

Coat with metallic shimmer by Tracy Reese

What's New! Recent Acquisitions

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, August 8, 2021 (All day)

During the past decade, the Kent State University Museum has continued to build our world class collection of fashions and textiles. Because the permanent collection now includes nearly 30,000 objects, we must be selective about what we can accept. The array of pieces on display in this exhibition highlight the Museum’s priority to broaden the diversity of makers and designs in the collection and to augment important areas where we have little or no representation.

Romanian blouse

Stitched: Regional Dress Across Europe

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, December 19, 2021 (All day)

Drawing from the rich collection of Kent State University Museum, this exhibition showcases common features shared by regional costume across Europe. In its original context in villages, regional dress carefully marked social and cultural differences. Religious affiliation, gender, age, and marital status were all instantly recognizable at a glance by members of the community. A person’s outfit signaled which village or region they came from. Focusing on these signs of difference obscures the common vocabulary that rural residents across Europe used to shape their clothing.

Vincent Quevedo

Fortuna: Designs by Vincent Quevedo

Thursday, August 20, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, May 16, 2021 (All day)

Vincent Quevedo is an award-winning designer and Associate Professor of the Kent State University School of Fashion. This exhibition of recent designs and garments explores Quevedo’s inventive experiments and manipulation of materials. Discharged fabrics, real leather against faux leather, industrial cords are all cut, patched, quilted, crocheted and transformed. Fortuna, the goddess of luck and fate, embodies his willingness to be open and follow where the process will lead. Image: Detail, 1980s Redux, 2019, Courtesy of the designer.

Glass Selections from the Collection

Glass: Selections from the Collection

Monday, April 1, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, April 3, 2022 (All day)

Glass, like coats, dresses or shoes, is a time capsule of human invention, art, style and social change. More than 3500 years ago, our ancestors discovered that sand (which consists of silica, soda ash and lime) when heated to very high temperatures becomes molten. In this state it can be shaped and molded as it cools into a solid form.

Timeline Gallery View

Fashion Timeline

Friday, June 29, 2012 (All day) to Sunday, June 27, 2021 (All day)

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. While the display is a permanent feature at the museum, the individual pieces are rotated frequently so there is always something new to see!