MSU’s historic collection of costumes and textiles on display in the Tupelo Art Gallery

Contact: Madison Welzbacher

Three dresses from MSU’s Historical Costume and Textile Collection (submitted photo)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi.—Mississippi State is displaying special items from its historic costume and textile collection through March 30 at Tupelo’s GumTree Museum of Art at the Renasant Gallery.

The MSU Art Department will host a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday [March 11] at 211 W. Main Street.

Exhibition graphic on historical costumes and textiles“XX: A Century in Fashion” tells the story of women’s fashion and its evolution throughout the 20th century. The exhibit is open during normal business hours, Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The main title of the exhibition begins with ‘XX’ – it denotes the Roman numeral for 20. We have chosen to represent the number 20 as the double X because it looks very big and epic. This highlights the importance of this century “, said Lori Neuenfeldt, professor of art at MSU and curator of the collection. “The fashions of the 20th century correspond to iconic moments in history and even have a major influence on the fashion trends we wear. today.”

With over 1,500 items, the collection includes items from designer labels such as Chanel and Anne Klein as well as unknown designers and lesser-known brands, showing how designers influenced fashion trends of the time. The collection, under the fashion design and merchandising concentration of MSU’s School of Humanities, was created in 1985 by professor emeritus Catherine Boyd to educate students about the changing industry at over time and prepare them for professional work.

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