Suitably Attired: Selections from The Emily P. Reynolds Costume Collection Heritage Hall, November 26 to March 5, 2019
Drawing from the Emily P. Reynolds Historical Costume Collection at North Dakota State University, Suitably Attired explores the history of the suit. As clothing is an expression of who we are and how we choose to present that vision of ourselves to the world, the suit's long evolution offers an interesting perspective on a variety of cultural forces. For example, when boys in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries moved from the ubiquitous dress worn by both boys and girls to their first suit, their growth was marked from infancy to an early form of masculinity. Similarly, women adopted suits in the twentieth century to reflect their movement from their home-centered world to one in which they participated more fully in American business culture — a sphere traditionally occupied by men. And men's suits in the 1960s offered their wearers the first opportunity to express their individuality via color and cut since the Victorian era.
Suitably Attired will be guest curated by Kim Baird.