Basic design teaches us that we first see color and then form. In early Western cultures, black clothing was a signifier of authority and also of mourning—and in many situations, remains so today. Black can evoke emotional responses related to mystery, exoticism, and fear and it can also feel chic and sophisticated, eliciting reason to celebrate.
The garments and accessories on view in this presentation are part of Moore’s Historic Costume Collection, originally gifted to the college in 1940 by Lynda Augusta Eckendorf Hering (1853 – 1940). Considered a tool and historical resource, the collection is made available to students and faculty, offering the opportunity to examine construction details and observe silhouettes and textile properties that can provide significant information about cultures that inform design.
On view November 23, 2019 through January 11, 2020, this exhibition is made possible with the generous support of Kathryn '68 and Sandy Sorkin, who have made a gift towards preserving the archive.