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Go to Nineteenth-Century Costume Treasures Exhibit

Nineteenth-Century Costume Treasures of the Fashion Archives and Museum
February 18, 2010 — December 10, 2010

Nineteenth-Century Costume Treasures of the Fashion Archives and Museum illustrates the evolution of fashion from 1800 to 1900 and the dramatic changes in silhouette that evolved from decade to decade. The collection features a number of important pieces, most of which have not been previously displayed.

Full-color exhibit catalog available for purchase.

Go to America Goes to War Exhibit

America Goes to War: Military and Civilian Fashion from Span-Am to Desert Storm
September 24, 2009 — December 16, 2009

America Goes to War: Military and Civilian Fashion from Span-Am to Desert Storm, features uniforms and civilian attire of both sexes from the United States' international conflicts, including the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Viet Nam and Desert Storm. The exhibit explores the interplay between current civilian fashions and the ways in which they influence military style and vice versa.

Go to Material Inspiration Exhibit

Material Inspiration: The Mundane to the Fantastic, Clothing by SU Student Designers
April 16, 2009 — July 22, 2009

Material Inspiration: The Mundane to the Fantastic, Clothing by SU Student Designers, is sponsored by the Art Department, with Professor Steve Dolbin as guest curator. The exhibit highlights the creative talents of students in the three-dimensional art class, who are given the task of constructing a wearable garment out of materials and items not usually associated with clothing.

Go to Extremes of Black and White Exhibit

Extremes of Black and White and Shades of Gray
October 23, 2008 — March 4, 2009

The display features a variety of garments for men, women and children dating as far back as the 1820s and including nearly every decade through the 1980s. The exhibit explores the fascinating layers of meaning associated with these colors and their connection to many of the most significant moments in life: religious events such as christenings, first communions and weddings feature white garments.

Go to Garibaldis, Engageantes and Cages Exhibit

Garibaldis, Engageantes and Cages: American Fashions of the Civil War Era, 1840-1870
February 7, 2008 — August 6, 2008

This exhibit explores both the everyday and special moments in civilian life through clothing: courtship, weddings, the arrival of children, the changing seasons, and mourning loved ones. The clothing reveals a mix of practical and common-sense styles mingled with garments of incredible beauty and design.

Go to Beadazzling! Exhibit

Beadazzling! Intricate Beadwork on Women's Clothing, 1870-1970
September 27, 2007 — December 5, 2007

Beadwork is an excellent illustration of the limits of technology. While beads can be made by machine or of a variety of natural and synthetic materials, there is no escaping the fact that they must be applied entirely by hand, bringing human skill and artistry to the forefront.