This event occurs weekly, on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts: Stories from the Wardrobe, 1914-1918” exhibition, on display September 6 through December 8 in Old College Gallery.
Curated by Dr. Belinda Orzada, Dr. Dilia López-Gydosh and Jan Gardner Broske, the multi-layered exhibition engages visitors by providing glimpses into World War I on the front lines and on the home front through a variety of mediums.
The exhibition showcases collections of World War I-era garments and military uniforms from the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies and generous private lenders to highlight the Great War and the innovations it brought to life.
But the fashion and garments on display also have their own stories to tell. Visitors will discover the wartime history of Keds sneakers and Converse high tops. They will also see how the style and details of clothing—be it the evolution of women’s boots or the military-inspired detailing of women’s everyday and evening garments—imply support of the war effort at home.
Vintage posters from the University of Delaware Library’s Special Collections provide additional insight into the war effort at home and abroad. These posters were carefully designed to encourage Americans to support the conflict—a dramatic contrast from the nation’s earlier policy of non-intervention.
In another room of the exhibition, visitors can explore Delaware’s participation in the war through the stories of local men and women. They will also be able to page through an electronic replica of the “Book of the Dead” from Memorial Hall and appreciate the life represented on each page.
University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
New Castle County
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