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Vassar College Costume Collection exhibit Uncovering Dress in the Palmer Gallery, May 24-June 22, 2018

The Vassar College Costume Collection presents Uncovering Dress: An Exploration of Fashion as a Cultural History, on exhibit from May 24 to June 22, 2018, in the James W. Palmer III ’90 located on the first floor of the College Center, Vassar College. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

The opening reception will be on Thursday, May 24 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm in the James W. Palmer III ’90 Gallery.

The exhibit will run May 24 to June 22. Hours of viewing will be Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Weekend viewings will be on select Saturdays and Sundays only, May 25–26 and June 9–10 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

The Vassar College Costume Collection (VCCC) is a collection of original historic clothing, dating from the 1830s to the present. The collection is primarily womenswear, representing the relationship of the collection to Vassar’s history as the first of the Seven Sisters to be chartered as a women’s college, founded in 1861. The collection also includes examples from a variety of design houses. Each garment comes to us from Vassar’s community and represents Vassar’s own past.

About the James W. Palmer III Gallery

The James W. Palmer III Gallery serves as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, displaying art of diverse media, themes, and origins. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the Vassar class of 1990. It is situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria at the heart of the College Center addition to Vassar’s Main Building.

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Posted by Office of Communications Monday, May 7, 2018