Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman: Dazzling Day and Night

Kent State University Museum
Higbee Gallery

"Dazzling Day and Night" celebrates the creative legacy of the KSU Museum’s founders, Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman. In 1959 Silverman and Shannon established their own company, Jerry Silverman, Inc. which became one the most successful manufacturers of women's better dresses in the industry through the 1960s and 1970s. Their showroom on 7thAvenue in New York City was a favorite of clients and buyers for the timeliness of the ever-changing collections and the hospitality of the designer, Rodgers, and businessman, Silverman.

The exhibition will highlight over 30 ensembles from the late 1950s when Rodgers began designing in NYC through the 1970s. The selections of stylish daywear and elegant eveningwear also provide a time capsule of American styles during these decades. Rodgers and Silverman were able to translate the latest designs from the Parisian runways, into looks their American clients would want. "Dazzling Day and Night" will also include sketches, photographs, and advertising— especially their famous New Yorker Magazine ads “Just show me the Jerry Silverman!”

Producers Sponsor: Leslie Resnik

A sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council