R.E.S.P.E.C.T. the Dress: Clothing and Activism in U.S. Women’s History
How did clothing shape perceptions of women’s rights activists in the U.S. before and after the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which legally allowed women the right to vote on a national level? From bloomers to bustles, purses to pantsuits, see how women’s fashion choices were used by the individual herself and others to define gender roles, as the year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of this moment in the long history of women’s rights.
Thursday Evening Lecture Series
Join us for this intriguing array of textile topics!
Fashioning Women’s Rights: Suffragists’ Political Style and its Visual Legacies
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 7:00 – 8:30p.m.
Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox teaches courses in American culture and history, fashion, consumer culture and politics, and women’s and gender studies at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. In conjunction with the Avenir Museum’s exhibit R.E.S.P.E.C.T. the Dress: Clothing and Activism in U.S. Women’s History, she will discuss women’s uses of fashion as a means of negotiating new freedoms and of expressing modern political and gender identities, and how questions of beauty and appearance were an important part of feminist struggles and ideology during the twentieth century.
Cost: FREE and open to the public
We Will Not Be Denied
Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 7:00 – 8:30p.m.
How a woman of 1920 dressed was very different from how a woman of 1900 dressed, and hemlines weren’t the only things that were contentious. Not only were women fighting about whether bustles were in or out, but they were also fighting for the right to vote. Suffragists used clothing strategically to make statements about their radical message, and prominent Denver socialite and philanthropist Margaret “Molly” Brown (1867-1932) was one of them. Join us for a fascinating guest presentation by staff from The Molly Brown House Museum on the local Colorado suffrage movement and Margaret’s involvement in the national movement at the turn of the 20th century, as seen through the evolution of women’s apparel 1900-1920.
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Location and Hours
The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is our flagship location, featuring exhibitions from our extensive collection of textile and historic costume artifacts.
- Location: 216 E. Lake Street, University Center for the Arts-East building – Campus Map
- Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed until further notice, see notice above.)
- Admission: Free; self-guided
- Contact: (970) 491-1983
- Parking: There is no dedicated visitor parking for the Avenir Museum. On-street parking is located in the neighborhoods surrounding the University Center for the Arts and the Avenir Museum.
- Photography: Guests at the Avenir Museum may take photos without using the flash feature.
- Fall 2019 – “Walking in Beauty: Designs by Orlando Dugi”
- Spring 2019 – “Teaching with Textiles”
- Fall 2018 – Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America
- Spring 2018 – FABRICation
- Fall 2017 – Fashioned by Faculty: Creative Scholarship
- Spring and Summer 2017 – Tying the Knot
- Fall 2016 – Layers of Meaning: Color and Design in Guatemalan Textiles, Part 2
- Spring 2016 – Layers of Meaning: Color and Design in Guatemalan Textiles, Part 1