Past Exhibits | KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM | Kent State University
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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)

Fringe

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.

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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

(dis)ABLED BEAUTY

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

Focus: Fiber 2016

Focus: Fiber 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, July 3, 2016 (All day)

Focus: Fiber 2016 is a juried exhibition of contemporary fiber art coordinated by Textile Art Alliance. Textile Art Alliance (TAA), an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art, is an active organization of artists, designers, craftspeople, educators and collectors with a common interest in the textile and fiber arts.

Beaded and fringed flapper dress

Flapper Style: 1920s Fashion

Friday, September 25, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, September 4, 2016 (All day)

Broadbent Gallery | Sara Hume, Curator The flapper is widely seen as the epitome of 1920s glamor and decadence. The term refers to the generation of young women who came to age just as World War I ended and shocked the older generation with their short hair and short skirts, their drinking and smoking and swearing. Flappers faced a world strikingly different from the one their mothers knew and their clothing reflected this dramatic break with the past.

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