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The Kent State University Museum opens UNDRESS: Shaping Fashion and Private Life

Posted Sep. 7, 2012

The Kent State University Museum presents Undress: Shaping Fashion and Private Life in the Broadbent Gallery Sept. 28, 2012 through Sept. 1, 2013. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Thurs., Sept. 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the Gerald L. Schweigert Library on the second floor of the Museum. RSVP to 330-672-3450 to attend.

The Kent State University Museum is located at 515 Hilltop Drive, and is open to the public Wed., Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; and Sun. noon to 4:45 p.m.

Undress: Shaping Fashion and Private Life examines fashion and culture from the pieces that give shape to the style. The exhibition spans fashion periods from the 18th century to Spanx with examples of corsetry, nightwear and loungewear, including a collection of Katharine Hepburn's personal lingerie.

Museum Director Jean L. Druesedow writes, "The defining characteristic of any fashion period is the shape of the silhouette. Shape is largely determined by what is worn underneath the fashionable garment and next to the skin."

The silhouettes of a period are very much influenced by the attitudes of the time, in terms of economic, political, social and sexual issues, and so there is much to learn from these shape-giving garments worn underneath fashion and in the privacy of the home.

Admission to the Kent State University Museum is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children under 18. The museum is free with a Kent State University ID and free to the public on Sundays. The museum also offers free parking. For more information call 330-672-3450 or visit

Opened to the public in October 1985, the Kent State University Museum was founded with an initial contribution from New York dress manufacturers Jerry Silverman and Shannon Rodgers.  Their gift included 4,000 costumes and accessories, nearly 1,000 pieces of decorative art and a 5,000-volume reference library. In the 1960s, Shannon Rodgers began collecting what is now considered one of the finest period costume collections in the United States, today totaling more than 40,000 pieces. The Tarter/Miller collection of some 10,000 pieces of glass formed the second major gift to the Museum. Together with the other decorative arts collected by Rodgers and Silverman, the Museum holds one of the most comprehensive teaching collections of fashionable design from the 18th century to the present.

The museum receives support from an Ohio Arts Council Sustainability Grant.


For information contact:
Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8398