New museum exhibit: FASHION / EXISTENCE / MYTH


AMES, Iowa – The Textiles and Clothing Museum is hosting an opening event to celebrate a new exhibit in the Mary Alice Gallery.

FASHION / EXISTENCE / MYTH – narratives about health, the body, and the fashion system is an exhibit exploring how fashion intersects with the wellness and existence of people’s bodies and the surrounding environment in various ways.

The public is invited to attend an opening event on Monday, Feb. 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Textiles and Clothing Museum, located in Morrill Hall. Light snacks will be provided and a short lecture begins at 4:30 p.m.

This exhibit is curated by graduate students, Zahra Falsafi and Amanda Ortiz-Pellot, as well as Kelly Reddy-Best, an associate professor in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality management.

Full Exhibit Description

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 also can 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, metaphysics, economies, interactionism, and environmentalism, we highlight the complicated histories, current realties, and potential future impacts that fashion product 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 Kelly Reddy-Best.

This image is a copy of the poster advertising the event. The visual is a an outline of a person with a green head piece and their body flows into an image of clouds.

Key contacts

Kelly Reddy-Best
Associate Professor
Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Director and Curator, Textiles and Clothing Museum