Discover unique treasures of clothing and textiles from the Fashion Studies Historical Costume Collection in “Treasures from the Wardrobe,” which opens Saturday at noon at the University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Janet A. Blood, curator of the collection and exhibition, assisted by Julie Gomboc-Hellam, shares her favorite pieces to celebrate the importance and impact that dress and appearance have had on us at across time, place and culture.
The collections in this educational collection date back to the mid-19th century through the 1980s and feature unique pieces rarely seen by the public.
The collection has been built over several decades through the generosity of community donors who want their heirlooms to be used in the education of IUP Fashion Studies students.
Highlights of the exhibit include Victorian and Edwardian dresses and underwear, 1920s beaded flapper dresses, 1960s paper dresses, 1970s disco clothing, military uniforms, accessories unique and many other fashion curiosities.
As an educational exhibit, visitors will learn the proper ways to preserve heirlooms and witness tragic examples to the contrary. Additionally, to continue to grow our costume collection, guests are encouraged to bring and donate clean clothing and textile items that they believe openly represent the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s time periods.
In addition to the exhibition, two free events are planned in the museum with the curator of the exhibition, Professor Blood: Costume Storage and Preservation Techniques on February 23 at 7 p.m., and a guided tour of the exhibition with the curator March 2 at 7 p.m.
The University Museum is on the first floor of Sutton Hall.
The opening hours of the museum are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and university holidays.
The last day to see the exhibit is March 5. Admission to the exhibition and events is free. The IUP continues to require all employees, students, and visitors to wear face coverings while on campus buildings, regardless of their immunization status.
For more information, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) and visit online at iup.edu/museumon the Facebook page: University Museum at IUP, or follow on Instagram @IUPMuseum.