Past Exhibits | Kent State University

Past Exhibits

Vacuuming Conservation Workshop

Caring for Costume and Textiles Workshop

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

  The Costume and Textile Specialists, Colleen Callahan and Newbold Richardson

Fashion Meets the Botanicals

Fashion Meets the Botanicals

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The Kent State University Museum invites you to the fifth annual Fashion Meets the Botanicals, Saturday, March 3, 2018. Enjoy an orchid-inspired fashion show - produced by design students at the Kent State University Fashion School - in the incomparable surroundings of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Savor wine and refreshments as you admire the garden and the orchid-inspired fashions created by the talented design students of Kent State University's Fashion School. The afternoon culminates in an award ceremony honoring the top designs - as picked by Botanical Garden visitors.

Swing Night at the KSU Museum Flier

Swing Night at the KSU Museum

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us on Friday, February 9 from 7 - 10 pm as we celebrate the opening of the Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibition with live 40s swing music provided by the KSU Jazz Band. Y-Town Swing group will be on hand to demonstrate and swing dance, while you mingle with Golden Age of Hollywood celebrities, and enjoy a full cash bar and free "bridge mix." Not to mention the Museum will be open to see "Kate."

Katherine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen

Saturday, October 14, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, January 14, 2018 (All day)

Upcountry History Museum - Furman University, South Carolina Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003)


Fringe Elements

Friday, July 28, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, July 1, 2018 (All day)

From leather strips to silken tassels, fringe takes an array of different forms. Fringe is one of the most basic forms of ornamentation on textiles since it is a natural finish for weaving. When threads of the warp extend beyond the last weft threads they create a fringe. While originally an integral part of the textile, most fringe is now applied separately to the garment. The beauty of fringe often derives from its motion. The loose threads swing and sway at the slightest movement. Although the pieces on exhibit are still, the drama and energy of fringe remains apparent.

Christian Dior's Venus

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

Friday, April 7, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, March 18, 2018 (All day)

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 (All day) to Sunday, January 7, 2018 (All day)

 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.

Magic Flute Logo

Magical Designs for Mozart's Magic Flute

Thursday, September 29, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, January 8, 2017 (All day)

Broadbent Gallery | Judy Levin, Curator Magical Designs for Mozart's Magic Flute is an exhibition conceived and curated by distinguished theatrical and opera designer Judy Levin to compare scenic and costume designs of this much loved opera. These selected productions, extolled for their remarkable visual achievements, speak to the many interpretations given to the opera by scholars over the years, as well as the role of the creative teams in shaping each production.

Khosi Nkosi's Designs

Fashions of Southern Africa

Friday, August 26, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, July 2, 2017 (All day)

 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.

Rebekah Marine


Friday, July 29, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, March 12, 2017 (All day)

Stager/Blum Galleries | Tameka Ellington, PhD and Stacey Lim, Au.D., PhD, Co-Curators