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DRESSING THE PART (2005)

Art and Fashion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

When artists incorporate fashion into their artworks, they communicate certain messages about gender, race, and class to the spectator. Dressing the Part encouraged viewers to contemplate these messages and consider the political, cultural and economic factors that have affected both fashion and art over the last two centuries. On display in Museum of Art and Archaeology galleries, clothing and fashion artifacts were displayed side-by-side with paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints, allowing audiences to appreciate the breadth of both collections and to explore the role of fashion and images in the transmission of cultural and social ideas.

Fall semester 2005 students from the departments of Textile and Apparel Management and Art History and Archaeology, as well as two Independent students, researched and analyzed artifacts from both collections to complete the following exhibition catalog:

Dressing the Part Exhibition Catalog (PDF)

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Polyester Burger King Uniform
Cotton Evening Dress
Boy’s Silk Mourning Dress and Jacket
Wool Evening Suit
Silk Crepe Mourning Dress
Cotton Dashiki

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