Making Museums Fashion Forward and Forward Thinking: A Proposal for a Rotating Exhibit Program at the Levi Strauss & Co. Museum

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Somerville, Hannah Claire
museum studies; fashion; textiles; social justice; sustainability; exhibit design; Levi Strauss & Co.; denim; jeans; Arts and Humanities
project description
This capstone project is a theoretical proposal for a rotating exhibit program that was developed for the Levi Strauss & Co. museum in San Francisco, California. It was conceived with the intent to help eradicate some of the stigmas associated with museum fashion exhibitions. This capstone explores the complicated history of the museum field’s relationship with fashion and analyzes some of the social justice issues that the fashion and textile industries face today. The project’s purpose is to demonstrate that museum fashion exhibitions are more than frivolous window displays in a museum setting and that they have the ability to educate visitors about complex global issues.