The Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library presents its fall 2019 exhibit, “Suffrage: What’s Fashion Got To Do With It?,” on Saturday, Aug. 24 through Dec. 13 at the Historic Costume Gallery, mezzanine of Lela Raney Wood Hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Featuring more than 25 garments and accessories from the 1870s to the 1920s, “Suffrage” invites visitors to consider how fashion impacted women’s struggle to gain the right to vote, and what fashion continues to mean for women’s rights today. From corsets and bustles to flapper dresses, all the pieces come from the permanent collection or the library archives, and some were worn by women with a Stephens connection.

“As we approach a presidential election year, we are proud to be celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment as a women’s college,” said Dr. Lori Hall-Araujo, assistant professor and curator of the Costume Museum and Research Library. “Women’s history and fashion history are woven together in the social fabric of our nation, which makes this exhibition important for anyone working, studying and living in the U.S.”

This exhibit is part of a year-long series of events hosted by Stephens College in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.

The exhibit was featured in a video by Vox Magazine featuring Hall-Araujo and student Karli Mehrle.

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