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.

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.

Beading and patched denim

Culture/Counterculture: Fashions of the 1960s and 70s

Friday, September 20, 2019 (All day) to Friday, November 20, 2020 (All day)

The exhibition Culture/Counterculture looks at fashions of the 1960s and early 1970s with a particular focus on the generation gap during that period. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kent State’s shootings on May 4, 1970. Almost 50 years ago, the shootings of Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard brought to a head the cultural divides that had split the nation. There was a sharp contrast between supporters of the establishment and those opposed – the culture and the counterculture.

Colin Isaacs shirt detail

Wearing Justice

Saturday, August 10, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, November 15, 2020 (All day)

As part of the 50th year commemoration of May 4, the Kent State University School of Fashion and Merchandising is presenting designs by faculty and students that use fashion to create a dialogue about war and peace, political discourse, conflict resolution and social justice today. 

Ohio Quilt Floral Applique

Ohio Quilts

Friday, July 19, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, June 28, 2020 (All day)

The history of quilts in Ohio is in many ways a reflection of the history of Ohio itself since the early nineteenth century. Just as early settlers boasted a variety of origins ranging from migrants from New England to Germans who arrived either directly from Europe or from earlier settlements in Pennsylvania, their quilt traditions reflected their diverse origins. Quilt making took off around the middle of the nineteenth century owing to improvements in textile and thread production which made materials accessible and increasingly affordable.

Radyk Michael

Focus: Fiber 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, July 28, 2019 (All day)

About Focus: Fiber 2019 Focus: Fiber is a biennial national juried exhibition of contemporary fiber art. This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art (TAA), and Kent State University Museum. The mission of TAA is to increase appreciation of the textile arts through lectures, workshops, and exhibitions, and to support the textile collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Juror

Fashion Meets the Body Collage

Fashion Meets the Body: Juried KSU Faculty Exhibition

Friday, September 28, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, August 25, 2019 (All day)

FASHION MEETS THE BODY is a Juried KSU Faculty Exhibition that will be exhibited in the KSU Museum September 28, 2018 - September 1, 2019. All juried work selected by our two jurors, Rachel Delphia and Margaret Powell from Carnegie Museum of Art relates to the to the theme “Fashion meets the body.” Both individual and collaborative faculty work from The Fashion School and the School of Art including innovative two- and three-dimensional artwork using technology, mixed media, and fiber will be showcased in the exhibition.  

Beyond the Suit Gallery View

Beyond the Suit: Contemporary Menswear from the Collection of Alexandre Marr and Dominic Iudiciani

Friday, July 27, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, June 30, 2019 (All day)

This exhibition explores current trends in menswear design by focusing on the personal collection of Alexandre Marr and Dominic Iudiciani. Marr and Iudiciani’s unique taste shaped the selection of these individual pieces which reveal breaks in men’s fashion from the previously ubiquitous tailored suit. Rather than jackets, trousers and button-down shirts, the garments and ensembles displayed here feature alternatives to more conventionally structured and tailored pieces. These garments also call into question the traditional binary between menswear and women’s wear.

Kiingfisher hairpins

For the Birds

Friday, April 13, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, February 3, 2019 (All day)

Remarkable for their ability to fly, birds have long held fascination for people around the world. In various ways, birds have provided inspiration for fashion and the decorative arts. Certain birds have meaning in various cultures and their use have had important symbolic value. Feathers have been incorporated into fashion particularly hats, fans, and evening dresses. Images of birds have served as motifs on garments from China and India to Europe and the Americas.

Hepburn gallery view

Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen

Friday, February 2, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, September 2, 2018 (All day)

Broadbent Gallery | Jean L. Druesedow, Director    Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003)

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