Galleries and Exhibitions

The Textiles and Clothing Museum has three different gallery spaces for students and faculty to curate exhibitions: the Mary Alice Gallery, the LeBaron Gallery, and the Donna Gallery. Student and faculty curate exhibitions in our galleries utilizing objects from the permanent collection and also loaned or newly acquired objects depending upon the exhibition topic. If you have an idea for an exhibition, you can pitch it here! All the galleries are free to attend.

Mary Alice Gallery

The Mary Alice Anderson Reinhardt Gallery is located in 1015 Morrill Hall. It has a total of 504 square feet, with a dramatically curved wall of glass forming a large display area. Mary Alice was an alumna of the Textiles and Clothing program (1949), and her family funded the gallery in her honor.

LeBaron Gallery

The LeBaron Gallery is located outside the 1009 LeBaron Hall Conference Room. It includes two moveable cases made of plexi-glass with a wood base. It also features a modular text railing consisting of weighted bases and posts and easily changeable graphics panels.

Donna Gallery

The Donna Gallery is located inside the Danielson Conservation Laboratory in 0017 Morrill Hall. Visitors can visit the Donna gallery from the Peterson Gallery on the lower level Morrill Hall 003 hallway. The gallery objects are mounted inside the conservation laboratory and are visible through four large windows. The gallery features a modular text railing in hallway 003 consisting of weighted bases and posts and easily changeable graphics panels. 

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Sensory Overload

Open Starting May 2022 / Mary Alice Gallery

Senses are integral to how we experience the world. Taste, smell, sight, sounds, and touch are tools we use to process information to determine what appeals to us. While everyone processes information differently, some deviate more from the average person than others. Therefore, what happens when your body processes that information much more differently than others?

Some people live with Sensory Processing Disorders, which will hereafter be referred to as SPD for short. SPD commonly affects individuals with autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder known as ADHD; however, they are not the only people that have SPD. Many people are hypersensitive to one or more of the senses. The senses provide us with a lot of information, which can be overwhelming. When someone is overstimulated, they can sometimes suffer from “sensory overload.”

Additionally, senses often affect how people dress. While touch and appearance are the most common senses used to evaluate clothing, there are other ways fashion can interact with the senses. For example, if a person is wearing dangling earrings, you can sometimes hear those ring while in the wind or while walking. Textiles also have attributes that can trigger senses, such as the smell of finishes, the sound of legs rubbing together, the feeling of prickly fabrics on the skin, the pressure of tight fabric on the body, and the brightness of reflective materials or accessories. These factors can influence how appealing or unappealing a garment is to someone with SPD.

The mainstream fashion industry does not often design garments with hypersensitive people in mind. While there are increasing sensory-inclusive commercial clothing options for children, there remain few offerings for adults with SPD. Additionally, adults with SPD are not frequently represented in fashion media. This exhibition examines how different garments and accessories interact with the senses in various ways with a heightened attention to individuals living with SPD.

Curated by Carlyna Gray undergraduate student in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design and intern at ISU Textiles and Clothing Museum.

Resurgence: The Fashion Show 2022 Winners

Open Starting April 2022 / Mary Alice Gallery

The Fashion Show: Resurgence features all the winning garments and accessories from the Fashi0n Show 2022 that was held on April 9, 2022 in Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA. The Fashion Show is developed and put on by a group of students enrolled in the courses AESHM 272 Fashion Show Production and Promotion and AESHM 472 Fashion Show Management. The Gallery and Display Committee members enrolled in the courses installed and curated the exhibition: Emma Saddler, Molly Manning, Eden Olvera, Sara Krull, Erin Richter, Paige Werthmann, Madie Roberts, and Ingrid Comparan. The committee is comprised of all undergraduate students in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. Exhibition installation support was provided by Joshua Simon and Ginger Stanciel, graduate students in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design and students who hold the Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet endowed research and teaching assistantship at the ISU Textiles and Clothing Museum.

Luis Estévez: Fashion, Elegance, and Exoticization

OPEN Starting APRIL 2022 / Donna Gallery

This retrospective exhibition analyzes Luis Estévez, a bi-sexual Cuban American fashion designer, and his career, spanning from the 1950s to the 1990s. There is heightened attention to use of exoticizing and othering language surrounding Estévez in the media, his candidness, and overall lack of representation in fashion history.

Curated by Joshua Simon, MS student in Apparel Merchandising and Design and the Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet endowed graduate teaching and research assistant at the ISU Textiles and Clothing Museum.

Fashion and Womanhood: A History of Agency, Oppression, and Intersectionality

OPEN starting APRIL 2022 / Mary Alice Gallery

This exhibition analyzes the ways politics, social norms, and formal dress codes within the Western world have influenced women’s expressions of identity through fashion. It will explore how agency, oppression, and intersectionality affect women’s negotiations of their identity through dress from the 16th to 21st centuries.

Curated by Ginger Stanciel, MS student in Apparel Merchandising and Design and the Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet endowed graduate teaching and research assistant at the ISU Textiles and Clothing Museum.

Trans YouTubers and DIY undergarments: Influencers, Identity, and Community Building

OPEN starting APRIL 2022 / Lebaron Gallery

This exhibition highlights how trans YouTubers design trans-supportive undergarments and communicate how to make them at home. It also explores the broader context of these objects in relation to influencer identity, trans experiences, activism, and personal storytelling on YouTube.

Curated by Kyra Streck, MS student in Apparel Merchandising and Design and the Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet endowed graduate teaching and research assistant at the ISU Textiles and Clothing Museum.

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Textiles and Clothing Museum

Morrill Hall
603 Morrill Road
Ames Iowa 50011-2100

Mailing address
31 MacKay Hall
2302 Osborn Drive
Ames Iowa 50011-107

Kelly L. Reddy-Best

Please check the Visiting/Engaging with the Museum page for hours and the Galleries page for dates when the exhibitions are open for viewing.