KENT, OH.- The Kent State University Museum
announces the opening of Head to Toe on Feb. 2, 2023. On view through Jul. 23, 2023, the trilogy of exhibitions draws from the Kent State University Museums permanent collection. Highlighting hats, coats, and shoes, visitors will see the evolution of these essential garments as styles, technologies and trends evolve. We are pleased to share the traditions and design changes in the apparel that protects us from the weather, keeps us comfortable, and very stylish. Visitors will also experience the outstanding quality and the many treasures in the KSU Museum collection, states Museum Director and curator of the exhibitions, Sarah J. Rogers.
Its a Wrap! Coats showcases an array of 20th century and 21st century men's and womens coats. The sources for the coats, especially womens coats, that stem from menswear traditions including the Chesterfield, Frock, Pea, Mourning, Puffer, Duster, and the Trench. These elegant and functional garments will be in the Stager Gallery.
Heads up! Hats highlights how hats can take the wearer from the practical to the ridiculous. This includes designs dating back to the 19th century and well-known milliners like Peter Bentley, Bes-Ben, Patricia Underwood, and Patrick Treacy. These will be on view in the Blum Gallery.
Stepping Out! Shoes looks at the shoe designs from the 19th century today. This will be a treat for everyone, especially the shoe fanatic. Until the 20th century shoemakers were unknown to anyone other than the customer. Today, shoe designers are superstars, often known by one nameFerragamo, Manolo, or Louboutin. The shoes will be displayed in the Stager/Blum Hallway Gallery.