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!

Visiting the Galleries

All the galleries are free to attend. The Mary Alice Gallery and Donna Gallery are open all year round during Morrill Hall building hours. The LeBaron Gallery is open year round during LeBaron Hall building hours.

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

Fashion / Existence / Myth – Narratives About Health, The Body, And The Fashion System

Open Starting January 2023 / Mary Alice Gallery

Fashion intersects with the wellness and existence of our bodies and the surrounding environment in various ways. For example, fashion helps support the physical health of our bodies. It influences how we feel about and perceive ourselves. It can also help facilitate finding deeper spiritual meanings in life. How we spend and save money and consume fashion products is an integral part of our overall financial health. Additionally, fashion plays a role in helping us feel connected and interact with others and fashion product production impacts the livelihood of the environment, climate, and surrounding communities.

In this exhibition, we examine how fashions around the globe inform the condition of our individual and collective existence and reflects our lived realities and known myths. Through six themes, physicality, introspection, metaphysical, economies, interactionism, and environmental, we highlight the complicated histories, current realties, and potential future impacts that fashion consumption, distribution, production, and regulation have on the well-being of our bodies, communities, and surrounding natural environment.

Curated by Zahra Falsafi, Amanda Ortiz-Pellot, and Dr. Kelly L. Reddy-Best. Amanda and Zahra are graduate students in the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program and the recipients of the Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet endowed graduate research and teaching assistantship in the Textiles and Clothing Museum. Dr. Reddy-Best is an associate professor in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design and the director and curator of the Textiles and Clothing Museum.

Women at Work! Fashion, Ambition, and Utility

Open Starting December 2022 / Mary Alice Gallery

In this exhibition, we explore women in the workplace through dress. We highlight the various fields in which women have earned a living and how what they wear is connected to fashionability, ambition, and utility. Our exhibition centers around different areas of work including manual labor, sex work, medical, hospitality, and public service. 

Undergraduate student curators

  • Lilian Atchison, English, sophomore
  • Claire Holtkamp , Chemistry and Global Resource Systems, junior
  • Kimberly Koreltz, Biology, sophomore
  • Jessica Mouw, Psychology and Public Relations, senior
  • Rebecca Parker, Apparel, Merchandising and Design, sophomore
  • Danielle Rothman, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design, junior
  • Lauren Sather, Biology, sophomore
  • Jazmin Terrell, Integrated Studio Arts, junior
  • Natalia Valentin-Rosa, Psychology, first year
  • Margaret Zittergruen, Business, first year

Seminar instructor and exhibition advisor 

  • Kelly L. Reddy-Best, PhD, Associate Professor, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

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.

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.

Need More Information?

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.