The GRPM partnered with Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s (KCAD’s) Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion to open Inspired Style!
This exhibit was a collaborative fashion project, where students used the Museum’s fashion Collection for inspiration to create new, modern interpretations of the historic pieces.
Nine students each chose a garment from the Museum’s Collections from different decades spanning the 1850s to 1950s. Their new pieces incorporated elements of the historic garments into their own original work, resulting in a modern artistic interpretation. Visitors examined the various details of both the students’ pieces and the historic garments they drew inspiration from.
The GRPM’s extensive clothing Collection offers a significant and multi-faceted view of the social, cultural and fashion history of the Midwestern United States. Since the GRPM began collecting in 1854, it has amassed a comprehensive collection of more than 10,000 clothing items, with strengths in fashionable garments from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is especially strong in the areas of women’s clothing, wedding attire, uniforms, items with local provenance and unique special function items, such as women’s athletic wear. Currently, most of these collection items are stored in the GRPM’s climate-controlled archives.