Last month, the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives & Museum (FA&M) opened its first exhibit since it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Clothed in Beauty: Recent Acquisitions of Shippensburg University Fashion Archives & Museum’’ is open Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit is showing fashion from the 18th to 21st centuries and features pieces from around the world, including Native American, African American, European and Asian cultures.
“This exhibit is a celebration of generous donations to the FA&M, selected here for their beauty, intricate construction, or simply their joyful embrace of exuberant color,” said Karin Bohleke, director of the Fashion Archives and Museum. FA&M is a collaborative effort with Shippensburg University and is an experimental learning opportunity for Shippensburg students. Students are able to use FA&M’s extensive resources to better understand the history of fashion. FA&M is dedicated to the history of clothing of middle and working class people throughout history and spanning many cultures. The archive currently holds three collections of historic clothing — The Pennsylvania Collection, The Shippensburg University Collection and The Reference Collection. All collections are mostly donated items and portray the history of their respective subjects.
The exhibit is open to the public and requires social distancing and masks. Groups are limited to 15 people. Admission is $5 for adults. Admission for children 12 and under is free.