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LSU Libraries Special Collections Presents “Centuries of Style: A Retrospective of Dress” Exhibition July 29-October 19

07/02/2013 02:30 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Libraries Special Collections will present the exhibition “Centuries of Style: A Retrospective of Dress,” on display in Hill Memorial Library July 29-October 19.


Visitors to this free exhibition will be treated to a cornucopia of costumes, illustrations and photographs of clothing selected from a variety of LSU Libraries collection.


“Mad Men” meets “Project Runway” in a display of photographs by advertising and fashion photographer Jane McCowan, a 1934 LSU graduate. The images range from her early work for Macy's in New York and Paris in the 1950s to her later output as an independent portraitist and fashion photographer in Los Angeles. McCowan was noted for her technical mastery, but at times her work is as much social history as fashion photography, reflecting the ideals of beauty, femininity and family life in the mid-20th century. In addition to the photographs, the exhibition features advertisements that incorporate her work and documents related to her four-decades-long career. 


Books and prints displayed in the second-floor gallery trace the history of dress from ancient times to the 1920s, spanning the globe. Items on display reveal some of the surprising reasons why clothing styles have changed over the years. Materials on men's and women's hair styles are also featured.


“Centuries of Style” is open to the public free of charge in Hill Memorial Library Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note that the library is closed for LSU home football games.


For more information, call 225-578-6544 or visit LSU Libraries’ Special Collections web site at

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