Sept. 17, 2010
STEPHENS HISTORIC COSTUME GALLERY EXHIBIT
TO EXPLORE COLLEGIATE WARDROBE OF WOMEN
COLUMBIA, Mo.—The Stephens College Historic Costume Gallery will open the exhibit “The Back-to-School Issue—A Collegiate Wardrobe,” on Sept. 25, 2010. An opening reception will be held from noon-3 p.m. in the Historic Costume Gallery, located on the mezzanine level of Lela Raney Wood Hall, 6 N. College Ave. The exhibit is focused on the attire that young American women have worn to college throughout the decades.
“The Back-to-School Issue is a look at what a young woman would’ve taken to college with her,” said Monica McMurry, director of the Costume Museum and Research Library and dean of the School of Design and Fashion at Stephens. “We want to cover the full range, from the fancy to the funky free spirit. Seeing what women wore during their college years is a another way to learn more about what was going on historically then that is part of young women’s lives today.” In addition to garments from the decades, the exhibit will include several large format photos of collegiate women on campus.
The exhibit, which will run through Dec. 19. 2010, will feature garments from the 1930s, 1950s, and 1970s. Admission is free. Regular gallery hours are 12-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Special tours can be scheduled for groups of five or more. For more information, contact Jennifer Cole, curatorial assistant, at (573) 876-7220.
All items on display are part of the Matilda Magnus Price Historic Fashion Collection – a working collection of approximately 13,000 garments and accessories from a variety of donors dating back to the 1700s – that is housed in the Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library.
Stephens College, established in 1833, is historically committed to meeting the changing needs of women. Stephens engages students in an innovative educational experience focused on pre-professional fields and the performing arts and grounded in the liberal arts.
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