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News "Fashion On All Fronts" Exhibition 9/7/2017

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Stories from the Wardrobe 1914-1918

Dr. Belinda Orzada, Professor of Fashion and Apparel Studies

September 6 - December 8, 2017

Drawing from the Fashion and Apparel Studies Department's Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, Special Collections in Morris Library, and private lenders, this exhibition provides an in-depth look at World War I through the lens of what people wore. During the war years, fashions changed by necessity and by invention. Everyday fashions echoing military styles gained popularity, and some garments, footwear, and accessories created to answer wartime needs remain in vogue today. The exhibition highlights the stories behind the garments, focusing on the personal accounts of the people who wore them.

​Sailor-Style Two-Piece Dress, ca 1915-1917, Courtesy of Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, University of Delaware. Gift of Dr. Robert W. and Mrs. Mary Mayer.


Wednesday, September 13, 5:00pm-7:00pm


Reception begins at 5:00pm. Remarks will begin at 5:30pm, followed by a tour by curators Dilia Lopez-Gydosh, Assistant Professor of Fashion and Apparel Studies and Curator of the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, and Belinda T. Orzada, Professor of Fashion and Apparel Studies.

Old College Gallery

RSVP: or 302-831-8037

Wednesday, October 4, 5:30pm

Women and Fashion in the Great War Lecture

Sara Hume, Associate Professor and Curator of the Kent State University Museum

Location TBD

Reception to follow in the Old College Main Lobby

Saturday, October 21, 11:00am

Gallery talk on the material culture of WWI uniforms

Lucas Clawson, Historian and Archivist, Hagley Museum and Library

Old College Main Lobby

Tuesday, October 31, 4:30pm

Stories from the Wardrobe: A Conversation

Gabrielle Griswold and Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies

Class of 1941 Lecture Room, Morris Library

Wednesday, November 15, 12:15pm

World War I Posters: A Curator's Perspective

Jan Gardner Broske, Collections Manager, Museums

Old College Gallery

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  • Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8714
  • United States Fashion Industry Association