“Teaching from the Collections” Fashion Exhibition at Stephens College School of Design

Dress up your fashion knowledge this fall at the Stephens College School of Design’s “Teaching from the Collections” exhibition starting Saturday, Oct. 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.

“Teaching from the Collections” will give guests a glimpse into the 13,000-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 Oct. 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, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the School of Design. Students have helped conduct research, design marketing materials, style the exhibition space, and create the new app.

The exhibition will open at noon on Oct. 6. The gallery is located in the mezzanine at Lela Raney Wood Hall, 6 N. College Ave. 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 exhibition will run through December 16.

For more information please contact 573.876.2367 or lhallaraujo@stephens.edu, or visit https://www.stephens.edu/services/box-office/fashion/.

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Established in 1958, the Costume Museum and Research Library (CMRL) is part of the Stephens College School of Design.  With more than 15,000 garments and accessories, ours is one of the largest collections of its kind in the state of Missouri.  Holdings include ready-to-wear designer garments and everyday clothing for women, men, and children dating from the mid-eighteenth century to the present.  Among the collection’s strengths are 20th century garments by Geoffrey Beene, Bonnie Cashin, Oleg Cassini, André Courrèges, and Claire McCardell, to name a few.

 Founded in 1833, Stephens College is an institution committed to her mission: Learn. Grow. Lead. Stephens is resilient and optimistic, faithful to her traditions, and eager to embrace whatever the future may bring. Focused on the creative arts and health sciences, Stephens continues to prepare graduates (whether from our undergraduate residential college, co-educational graduate programs or 90-year-strong Children’s School) for the lives that await them – lives of distinction, integrity and service.

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