Monday, October 01, 2018

Stephens College School of Design gallery: Saturday, 6 October 2018

Dress up your fashion knowledge this fall at the Stephens College School of Design’s “Teaching from the Collections” exhibition starting Saturday, October 6, at noon at Lela Raney Wood Hall in Columbia. Featuring original pieces from fashion legends Geoffrey Beene, Bonnie Cashin, and Claire McCardell, this free exhibition will mark the first at Stephens to include an innovative, interactive phone app to accompany the curated experience. The exhibition will run through December 16.

“Teaching from the Collections” will give guests a glimpse into the 15,000-piece collection at the Costume Museum and Research Library, which serves the Stephens College community and the general public. The interactive app, which will be available for download October 6, will provide text and audio narration to guide guests through the gallery, introduce guests to some of the offerings of the School of Design’s curriculum, and offer guests a chance to test their knowledge at the end of the exhibition. Guests will also have a chance to visit a Fashion Petting Zoo to examine “okay-to-touch” pieces from the museum collection.

The designers featured in this collection represent important threads in the fabric of 20th century American fashion. Beene revolutionized ready-to-wear garments by translating high-fashion concepts into distinctive, comfortable designs. Cashin and McCardell made strides in fashion innovations with a focus on easy movement, pioneering modern sportswear.

Stephens students have been involved at every level in the curation and promotion of this exhibition, led by curator Lori Hall-Araujo. Students have helped conduct research, design marketing materials, style the exhibition space, and create the new app.

Regular hours for the gallery are 12-1 p.m. on Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and 12-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

The gallery is located in the mezzanine at 
Lela Raney Wood Hall,
6 N. College Ave.

Columbia, MO


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