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ALL OR NOTHING examines the extreme ends of the visible light spectrum: BLACK and WHITE. White is a reflection of ALL colors in the visible light spectrum while black absorbs all spectrum colors and, therefore, reflects NOTHING.

ALL OR NOTHING explores the bold relationship between black and white and its shifting meanings in dress. Black has been worn as a chic fashion statement, while white has been seen to represent purity, but in different cultures and times, it has also been a symbol of mourning. The clothing in this exhibit represents a relatively narrow time period – the last half of the 20th century – when meanings were in flux.

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Silk Satin Wedding Gown
Wool Suit
Rayon Blend Crepe Pantsuit
Silk Two-Piece Dress
Silk Two-Piece Dress
Silk Crepe Dress