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Girl Scouts visit Historic Costume Gallery exhibit

September 23, 2014

Girl Scouts from Troop 70311 visited the Historic Costume Gallery yesterday, exploring designer garments from various decades.
The girls, from the Ashland area, are studying careers, and many are interested in fashion. In addition to learning about dress shapes, accents and the history of women’s fashion, Girl Scouts asked Assistant Curator Jennifer Cole about the fashion program at Stephens, as well.
Historic-Costume-GalleryThe Historic Costume Gallery opened its latest exhibit with a reception on Thursday. Her Story features never-before-displayed garments that represent key points in women’s fashion. Among designers represented are Lucille, a British designer who originated the idea of a fashion show; Clair McCardell, a designer from the '30s through the '50s who is credited as the creator of casual fashion; and well-known designer Christian Dior.
“These are all very important designers in the history of female fashion,” said Monica McMurry, gallery curator and dean of the School of Fashion and Design. “The show is really a three-dimensional timeline of those who helped fashion evolve over the years.”
Also on display are two designs that debuted on the runway at Stephens in the spring: A dress by Effie Frank and a jumpsuit by Holly Hmielewski, both of whom graduated in May. The school this year also purchased a designer dress featuring an elaborate engineering print from Clover Canyon, a L.A.-based company where Hmielewski now works.

Gallery hours are noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 13.

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