Chatamona Present of God

TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair

Friday, September 10, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, August 14, 2022 (All day)

TEXTURES  synthesizes research in history, fashion, art, and visual culture to reassess the “hair story” of peoples of African descent. Long a fraught topic for African Americans and others in the diaspora, Black hair is here addressed by artists, barbers, and activists in both its historical perceptions and its ramifications for self and society today. Combs, products, and implements from the collection of hair pioneer Willie Morrow are paired here with masterworks from artists including James Van Der Zee, Sonya Clark, Lorna Simpson, Mary Sibande and Zanele Muholi.

Roberta of Camerino handbag

What's in your Bag?

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, July 17, 2022 (All day)

KSU Fashion Student and Museum Intern Pierce Morgan was inspired by a purse he found in the Museum collection which had an assortment of personal items including a baby picture, Green Stamps, and a Christmas list.  He was intrigued by what stories and mysteries might be held in other bags and so he curated this display that helps us imagine.

View of Forever Chanel Exhibition

Forever Chanel/Coco + Karl

Friday, June 11, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, May 29, 2022 (All day)

We live in a world where fashion, celebrity and personality are inextricably intertwined and elevated to heights of global phenomena. A singular name — Cher, Madonna, Naomi or even Bernie — denotes an immediate and comprehensive image of personae, values and impact. The name Chanel has endured for over 100 years: What does that tell us about the House of Chanel and what does that reveal about us?

Coat with metallic shimmer by Tracy Reese

What's New! Recent Acquisitions

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, August 8, 2021 (All day)

During the past decade, the Kent State University Museum has continued to build our world class collection of fashions and textiles. Because the permanent collection now includes nearly 30,000 objects, we must be selective about what we can accept. The array of pieces on display in this exhibition highlight the Museum’s priority to broaden the diversity of makers and designs in the collection and to augment important areas where we have little or no representation.

Judith Leiber bag detail

Collection of Audrey M. Kail

Friday, March 19, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, March 20, 2022 (All day)

This collection of handbags comes to the KSU Museum from longtime friend and supporter of the Museum, Audrey M. Kail.  Mrs. Kail passed away early this year and she wanted her sparkling collection of bags by Judith Leiber and Kathrine Baumann to be shared with students and the public for years to come.

Romanian blouse

Stitched: Regional Dress Across Europe

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, January 30, 2022 (All day)

Drawing from the rich collection of Kent State University Museum, this exhibition showcases common features shared by regional costume across Europe. In its original context in villages, regional dress carefully marked social and cultural differences. Religious affiliation, gender, age, and marital status were all instantly recognizable at a glance by members of the community. A person’s outfit signaled which village or region they came from. Focusing on these signs of difference obscures the common vocabulary that rural residents across Europe used to shape their clothing.

Vincent Quevedo

Fortuna: Designs by Vincent Quevedo

Thursday, August 20, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, May 16, 2021 (All day)

Vincent Quevedo is an award-winning designer and Associate Professor of the Kent State University School of Fashion. This exhibition of recent designs and garments explores Quevedo’s inventive experiments and manipulation of materials. Discharged fabrics, real leather against faux leather, industrial cords are all cut, patched, quilted, crocheted and transformed. Fortuna, the goddess of luck and fate, embodies his willingness to be open and follow where the process will lead. Image: Detail, 1980s Redux, 2019, Courtesy of the designer.

Beading and patched denim

Culture/Counterculture: Fashions of the 1960s and 70s

Friday, September 20, 2019 (All day) to Friday, November 20, 2020 (All day)

The exhibition Culture/Counterculture looks at fashions of the 1960s and early 1970s with a particular focus on the generation gap during that period. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kent State’s shootings on May 4, 1970. Almost 50 years ago, the shootings of Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard brought to a head the cultural divides that had split the nation. There was a sharp contrast between supporters of the establishment and those opposed – the culture and the counterculture.

Colin Isaacs shirt detail

Wearing Justice

Saturday, August 10, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, November 15, 2020 (All day)

As part of the 50th year commemoration of May 4, the Kent State University School of Fashion and Merchandising is presenting designs by faculty and students that use fashion to create a dialogue about war and peace, political discourse, conflict resolution and social justice today. 

Ohio Quilt Floral Applique

Ohio Quilts

Friday, July 19, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, June 28, 2020 (All day)

The history of quilts in Ohio is in many ways a reflection of the history of Ohio itself since the early nineteenth century. Just as early settlers boasted a variety of origins ranging from migrants from New England to Germans who arrived either directly from Europe or from earlier settlements in Pennsylvania, their quilt traditions reflected their diverse origins. Quilt making took off around the middle of the nineteenth century owing to improvements in textile and thread production which made materials accessible and increasingly affordable.