By Ashley Inge—
Tarleton State University is putting on an exhibit called the ‘Little Black Dress’ in the gallery of the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center through this Friday, Nov. 9.
According to Tarleton’s press release, fashion historians ascribe the origins of the wardrobe requirement to designers Coco Chanel and Jean Patou in the 1920s, who intended their designs to be versatile and affordable.
“Our inspiration began when sifting our stock,” said Costume Shop Supervisor Shayla Moose. “We discovered some dresses were too delicate to last the run of a production, yet too beautiful to not have another chance to be seen and admired. We thought this would make a great exhibit in our Art Gallery. Not displaying a chronological timeline but a retrospect of the lovely garment known as the Little Black Dress. A love story!”
“While the fabric might not change shade, there are an infinite number of possibilities to bring life to the dress. Comparing these styles can tell you a lot about the character of the woman or the character she wants to display,” Moose added.
The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Lori LaRue at 254-968-9639.