This Exhibit was on display from Nov. 1st 2006 - March 31st 2007
The faculty and staff of the Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design Department present some of their favorite textiles, garments, and accessories from the 20,000 objects in the Historic Textile and Costume Collection. This eclectic exhibition includes objects from around the world that span the ages from an ancient Egyptian textile fragment to a twenty-first century African dashiki. Some of the choices reflect course content or research interests while others reveal personal experiences. Each person's photograph is displayed with the reasons for his or her number one choice.
The curator of the exhibition, Blair Lustig, chose this 1965 wool dress inspired by Yves Saint Laurent's Mondrian day dress. It was made by the donor, Lynn Salter's mother, and similar patterns exist in the URI Special Collections Commercial Pattern Archive.
Professor Martin Bide chose these men's hats because they remind him of his English homeland. British men have worn these hats for over a hundred years. The bowler on the left, a derby in the United States, is the most formal of the three. The wool flat cap in the center is the quintessential workman's hat while the straw boater is for leisurewear.
Assistant Professor Sook-Hyun Kim chose these ninetieth-century lotus shoes for a Chinese woman's bound feet as a way to highlight China, whose Gross Domestic Product (GDP), along with that of India and Russia, is expected to exceed the GDP of developed countries such as Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States within the next fifty years.