Treasures: Textile and Clothing Museum’s new exhibit

Treasures: Textile and Clothing Museum’s new exhibit


Take a step back in time….we have a number of great pieces that tie back to Iowa State University. As you walk through the doors of 1015 Morrill Hall… we’ve had people working on this for over a year. The home of the Textiles and Clothing Museum’s “Treasures” exhibit we just really wanted this exhibit to show people the treasures and objects that we have for display. And those treasures and objects include a little something for everyone… anyone! if you have an interest in the State of Iowa, Iowa State University history, anyone from a child to a senior citizen would be really interested in seeing some of the material culture from
different people that have contributed to our great state. The five hundred
square foot museum is lined with history… a letter jacket that was worn by nineteen forty eight Earl Anderson when he was a part of the Yellow Jacks basically a pep rally team.
we also have wedding dresses from the eighteen nineties to the present-day as well as just a number of
textiles and clothing from places like africa afghanistan so really wonderful exhibit. From wall to wall, we have the 1915 dress worn by Carrie Chapman Catt we have had series of dresses, one was
made by teacher and two by students in nineteen twenty six apparel
program. so it’s pretty neat that you can see connections to both famous people and then lesser-known Iowans and Iowa State
alumni. Every piece of clothing has the story many are stories that date back hundreds
of years… one the most interesting things
and I’m hoping that something that the people would appreciate is the hand work that goes into so many of these objects, especially ethnographic examples that we have, where there’s a die process, or hand sewing or embroidery so it’s those kind of details.–it’s part of our history lots of times people will leave an exhibit like this and start to go through their closets are either go to
the grandma’s house and and just you know starting a conversation about like wow did you really wear something like this? you know i’d say, could you see your grandmother wearing this and they think oh my gosh they didn’t think about that. But an exhibit like this doesn’t come without some extra efforts… it takes a lot of work to make sure that the items are stored properly that we do research into each piece so that we can truly understand what it means for the society that produced them and the people that consumed these goods. it’s always really satisfying to actually get to the point where we get to open the exhibit a lot of hard hours go into it the actual exhibit installation process takes a couple weeks But just as much work goes into a catalog the students and professors produce. –it features full-color images of all of the objects that are in this particular exhibit as well as some that were too fragile for us to exhibit. This 70-page catalog provided a wide variety of tasks for the students. they get to see a different side of museum work… publication, writing, even photo editing that you’re usually not exposed to as an undergraduate student And they hope you’ll take the time to stop by the museum and check out the exhibit for yourself! we think material culture is so important. You really get to see the meaning of the clothing, why people chose to wear certain things.

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