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Fashions of the Forties: From World War II to the New Look

Friday, April 7, 2017 to Sunday, March 4, 2018

The 1940s was a tumultuous period in history and the fashions of the time reflected the upheaval. World War II led to restrictions on what Americans and Europeans could wear because of rationing for civilian populations and uniforms for those who enlisted. The end of the war brought new freedoms. Christian Dior’s groundbreaking 1947 collection was known as the ‘New Look’ which came to refer more generally to the fuller skirts and hourglass silhouettes that predicted the styles of the 1950s.

Bob Mackie Red Dress

The 1980s: an Age of Excess

Friday, February 3, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017

 Broadbent Gallery | Jean Druesedow, Director "The 1980s: an Age of Excess" will highlight the sparkle and glamour of the 20th century's ninth decade. Designer gowns and elegant street wear from Europe and America — including among others Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Ungaro, Chanel and Christian LaCroix, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Patrick Kelly, Donna Karan, and Pauline Trigere — will be featured. Co-curated by Museum Director Jean Druesedow and Victoria Haworth, a senior fashion merchandising student at Kent State's Fashion School.

Khosi Nkosi's Designs

Fashions of Southern Africa

Friday, August 26, 2016 to Sunday, July 2, 2017

 Higbee Gallery | Sara Hume, Curator  The exhibition, Fashions of Southern Africa, brings together the work of fashion designers currently active in South Africa and Namibia to showcase the ways that people in southern Africa dress, make clothes and think about fashion. The exhibition looks beyond a simple binary between “western fashion” and traditional African dress to see that there is original distinctive fashion in Africa.

Glass

GLASS: SELECTIONS FROM THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM COLLECTION

Thursday, February 7, 2013 to Sunday, June 30, 2019

Tarter/Miller Gallery | Joanne Fenn

fashion timeline

FASHION TIMELINE

Friday, June 29, 2012 to Sunday, June 24, 2018

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