SHSMO Hosts Book Sale and Public Reception for Missouri Fashion Exhibit on May 7

Visit SHSMO's Center for Missouri Studies on Saturday, May 7, and enjoy an open house for MOda 200: Missouri Style Makers, Merchants and Memories along with a used book fair in SHSMO's Richard Bookstore. The book fair starts at 10 a.m. on May 7 and lasts until 2 p.m. Come early to enjoy the best selection!

Also on May 7, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., exhibition curator Nicole Johnston will be hand to discuss the exhibit and how it highlights the evolution of Missouri style and the important role of its apparel industry.

MOda 200: Missouri Style Makers, Merchants and Memories is a collaboration between the State Historical Society and the Univeristy of Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection part of MU’s Department of Textile and Apparel Management. The free exhibition, now through June 17, features clothing, artwork and accessory artifacts by individuals and industry, ranging from rural dressmakers to urban retail and manufacturing giants.

“Missouri’s apparel history is often overlooked as an important part of the state’s economic growth,” said Nicole Johnston, curator of the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection. “So, we’re bringing attention to that history from its earliest forms of dress, represented by a Native American beaded vest from MU’s Museum of Anthropology, to its most recent: a hand-sewn gold sequin gown worn last fall as part of Rock Bridge High School’s Homecoming festivities.”

Missouri became a world leader of fur and stylish footwear, and the nation’s largest manufacturer of junior dresses. It was also the second-largest garment and millinery producer in the country. SHSMO Art Curator Joan Stack says the exhibit is a wonderful collaboration with the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection. Visitors can see this exhibition and other artworks on display at the SHSMO Art Gallery on the ground floor of the Center for Missouri Studies which is located at 605 Elm Street in downtown Columbia, Missouri.

“This unique exhibit helps our patrons see the links between fine art, fashion and history. It’s exciting to see clothing from three centuries of Missouri’s cultural heritage on display,” said Stack.

The public is invited to visit MOda 200: Missouri Style Makers, Merchants & Memories exhibit during regular visitor hours at the SHSMO Art Gallery Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and each Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.