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Exhibit shares historic trends, new ideas in women’s apparel

Student and Instructor at galley, with brightly colored dress on manequin.
Junior design student Sierra Van de Bogart, center, with associate professor Carol Salusso, shows off her hand-painted silk wedding dress, part of an WSU exhibit “Facets of Fashion,” on display through the month of March.

This month at Washington State University’s SEB Gallery, explore the trends, traditions and transformations shaping women’s apparel in a new exhibit curated by Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles faculty.

The exhibit, “Facets of Fashion: Art, Culture & Pain,” was created for the debut of International Women’s Week observed the first week of March.

It shares insights into the visual power and personal experience of fashion in women’s lives around the world.

Model wearing abstract-designed fur coat.AMDT faculty members Carol Salusso and Manal Shaheen curated the exhibit, assisted by apparel design graduate student Lindsay McCoy, WSU International Women’s Week Committee member Maureen Smith, and Victor Hernandez, executive director of the Student Entertainment Board Gallery.

Student designs on display include a hand-painted silk wedding dress, Tiffany lamp-inspired fashion, and a sustainable-design dress made from recycled beer cans. Faculty designs included a faux-fur coat created as a tribute to vintage designer Elsa Schapparelli, and a high-tech dress created using computer-aided pattern making, digital printing and laser cutting.

Vintage fashions loaned from AMDT’s apparel archive include a 1900’s-era bathing suit, 19th century evening wear, an Indian sari, a traditional dress from Mexico, a genuine Korean hanbok, a 1910 tea gown, and a 1970’s shift dress.

Headshot of Shaheen
Manal Shaheen

A model wears a colorful dress.Designers with exhibited work include senior design student Madison Norman, junior design student Sierra Van de Bogart, senior design student Katie Ann Ellis, assistant professor Chanmi Hwang, as well as McCoy, Salusso, and Shaheen. Included are research posters by AMDT master’s graduates Oluwatosin Adelaja, DongMing Zhao, Astrid Vidalon, and Shaheen.

Salusso offered special thanks to Pam Duran, Chair of International Women’s Week Committee, for coordinating the exhibit, and Linda Mittelhammer, student experience coordinator with INTO WSU, for transporting exhibit forms.

SEB hosts an upcoming gala, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, featuring the Facets of Fashion exhibition, including speakers, a buffet, raffles, and a viewing of the exhibit.

Learn more at the SEB website.


Fashions on display in a case, on manequins and a stand.
Student and faculty designs in the Facets of Fashion exhibit.