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The LSU Textile and Costume Museum will celebrate the grand opening of its renovated and enlarged exhibition gallery on March 28. Display pieces includes this 1960s hat. In the background is a 1938 SEC Championship LSU boxing robe and an LSU letterman’s sweater.
—LSU AgCenter/Tobie Blanchard

LSU Textile and Costume Museum grand opening set

BATON ROUGE — The LSU Textile and Costume Museum will celebrate the grand opening of its renovated and enlarged exhibition gallery on March 28.
The gallery is in the Human Ecology Building on the LSU campus at corner of Tower and South Campus drives. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 6:30.
Special guest for the evening is Anthony Ryan, winner of the reality television show Project Runway All Stars and alumnus of the LSU College of Agriculture textiles, apparel and merchandising program.
The opening exhibition in the new gallery, “A Look Inside: Celebrating 40 Years of Collecting History and Fashion,” will feature a broad selection of the museum’s holdings, including the following highlights:
—A 1960s special occasion dress designed by the renown American designer James Galanos with an original Stephen Stipelman 1995 illustration of the garment.
—A 1938 SEC Championship LSU boxing robe from the museum’s LSU Collection.
—A 1960s hat worn by Baton Rouge Register Magazine’s editor Orene Muse and the buckskin outfit worn by WAFB-TV personality “Buckskin Bill” Black from the museum’s Baton Rouge Collection.
—Selected pieces from the museum’s Louisiana First Families Collection of items from past governors and their spouses.
—An 1840s/1850s day dress, a Haspel labeled seersucker man’s suit and 2016 Cajun Navy T-shirt from the museum’s Louisiana Coll-ection.
—Womenswear designer pieces, including garments from Yves Saint Laurent (1980s), Coco Chanel (1970s) and Valentino (1990s).
—Non-western artifacts such as a 19th century Chinese “dragon robe” and second to ninth century Late Antiquity/Early Byzantine textile fragments.
The grand opening exhibition can be viewed by the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from March 30 to April 6.
The exhibition “Traje: Mayan Textile Artistry” will open early Fall 2020 and will highlight the Mayan Guatemalan culture as depicted in almost 200 handcrafted pieces that, through their vibrant colors and design, convey the depth of artistry and creativity among the creators of traditional Mayan textiles and clothing.

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