An exhibit of objects from NDSU’s Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection opens at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead on Tuesday, Dec. 4, and runs through Feb. 24, 2019.
The exhibit, titled “Suitably Attired,” is an examination of history through “clothing, accessories, sewing patterns, and even a quilt, to give people a little taste of what this wonderful collection contains,” said textile historian and guest curator Kim Baird.
The exhibit shows how the collection documents the history of the region, fashion history and international and cultural traditions through dress. Items dating from the early 1900s to the early 2000s are included. Highlights include a suit worn by Susan Wefald, the first woman to serve on the North Dakota Public Service Commission, a movie costume worn by actress Angie Dickinson in the 1980 thriller “Dressed to Kill,” a jumpsuit worn by a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII and a women’s vinyl ski suit from the early 1970s.
Bairdsaid, “We all wear clothing every day, often without even thinking about it. Just because it's so familiar doesn't mean it isn't important. Your clothing reflects your identity, and others do use it to identify you.”
The Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collectionis housed in the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Family Life, 4-H Center and is maintained by the College of Human Development and Education and Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management at NDSU.
For additional information, contact Susan Curtis at 701-231-7362 or susan.curtis @ndsu.edu.
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