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Current & Upcoming
Exhibitions

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Now on view:

  • Coming Home: Geoffrey Beene -LSU Textile & Costume Museum

  • Coming Home: Geoffrey Beene - Southern Reflections - LSU Museum of Art

Upcoming Exhibitions:

  • Woven Louisiana History: Acadian Textiles - opening October 6, 2024 - LSU Hill Memorial Library

  • Louisiana Couture: The Legacy of San Carlin - opening March 16, 2025 - LSU Textile & Costume Museum

  • Color Me Fashion - opening October 5, 2025 - LSU Textile & Costume Museum

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Coming Home: Geoffrey Beene

May 5, 2024 - January 24, 2025

Grand Opening May 5, 2024 / 2-4 pm

Additional Outpost - Southern Reflections - at the LSU Museum of Art April 26 - August 30, 2024

Geoffrey Beene was among the twentieth century's most successful American fashion designers. Through the exhibition Coming Home: Geoffrey Beene, the LSU Textile & Costume Museum (TCM) celebrates the many accomplishments of this master of classic style and impeccable craftsmanship who, for decades, reigned supreme as the gold standard of American fashion design. Beene, originally from Haynesville, Louisiana, was a Southern gentleman committed to celebrating beauty in all its forms. His excellence in design garnered him eight Coty Awards and two Council of American Fashion Designers awards. Sylvia R. Karasu, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine of New York City, donated over two hundred and fifty pieces of Geoffrey Beene fashion from her collection and related ephemera, documenting Beene's career and Dr. Karasu's passion for his designs. This gift, the largest and most valuable in the history of TCM establishes one of the world's largest archives of Geoffrey Beene's work. Mr. Beene approached fashion from a perspective of flawless craftsmanship and design, adapting his training in French couture for the American market. TCM is delighted to celebrate Mr. Beene in 2024, what would have been the year of his 100th birthday.

Note: Images below are promotional shots; installation views are coming soon.

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Promotional Images
Installation Images Coming Soon!

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Women Fashioning Women

October 1, 2023 - March 28, 2024

 

Women Fashioning Women joined a burgeoning field of inquiry regarding the history of women fashion designers. Ironically, in an industry fueled and supported by women, the accomplishments of women fashion designers are lesser known. Presented here is an attempt to further expand the body of knowledge with an examination of the work of American and European women designers such as Gabrielle Chanel, Ceil Chapman, Anne Fogarty, Jeanne Lanvin, Claire McCardell, Vera Maxwell, Mary McFadden, Jeanne Paquin, Pauline Trigère, and many more. With a wide range of artifacts pulled from the holdings of the LSU Textile & Costume Museum and others borrowed from partner institutions, we respond to the assessment of feminist and theorist Bell Hooks, who said, "to be in the margin is to be part of the whole but outside the main body.” Women Fashioning Women repositions the accomplishments of influential but oft-forgotten women fashion designers, solidifying their place in the main body of fashion history.

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Installation Views

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The LSU Textile and Costume Museum and its First Lady Collection

As a historian of fashion and textiles, material culture and archival materials inform my work. I often use queer and feminist theoretical frameworks to contextualize my narratives. Through applying a sartorial lens, rich social and cultural histories are revealed. 

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