An opening reception for “The Art of Fashion: Designs Inspired by NEHMA” will be held at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on the campus of Utah State University on October 19. Half-scale garments designed by students of Melissa Clark’s FCSE 3040 Advanced Clothing Studies: Pattern Making class are on display in this exhibition. The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art provided the impetus for each individual design through one of its exhibited works of art.
Students had to put in some work for the display they designed, which involved the design process. The fermentation of an idea for a concept, the creation of a sketch, the drafting and manipulation of a pattern, the sourcing of textiles, notions, and embellishment techniques, as well as the sewing, constructing, and fitting of the ferment were all necessary steps in order to have a finished item to exhibit.
On March 31, from five until six thirty in the evening, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art will play host to the reception for the Art of Fashion exhibit. In the Study Center, attendees will have the opportunity to converse with designers, explore designs that were inspired by the art in the museum, and enjoy light refreshments. This event is open to the public, and attendance is encouraged.
According to Katie Lee-Koven, director of the New England Historic and Museum Association (NEHMA), “These USU student projects are a terrific illustration of how the museum can be a resource in non-traditional ways.” Students select a piece of artwork currently on display that resonates with them, conduct research on it, and then design highly thoughtful clothing based on their findings. We enjoy displaying them next to the artwork along with a label that the student has written so that you can understand their thought process when creating the work.
NEHMA can be found on the campus of USU Logan, and its hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum can be experienced without cost, and NEHMA also provides free parking for guests in the area located behind the Russell/Wanless Hall.