Shirtwaist dresses similar to those worn by TV moms Donna Reed and June Cleaver and other iconic 1950s dress styles are on display in American by Design -- The 1950s, an exhibition from the Texas Fashion Collection, which is part of the College of Visual Arts and Design.
The free exhibition of ‘50s dresses will be in display through March 25 at UNT's Fashion on Main, located at 1901 Main St. in Dallas, inside the UNT System building. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays.
In addition to the tiny-waist silhouette dresses indicative of the decade, the exhibition features a few evening gowns -- including a full-length Norman Norell gown with floral embroidered tulle and beads. A sculpted black wool suit by Charles James can be seen along with a cocktail dress and tailored coat by Pauline Trigère.
"Some of the top American designers of the decade are showcased alongside a few gems by unknown designers," says curator Dawn Figueroa. "A full-skirted Adele Simpson and masterfully constructed Galanos dresses cut from the world's best cloth will make your trip to Fashion on Main both nostalgic and giddy."
- What: The Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design presents American by Design -- The 1950s, a fashion exhibition of ‘50s dresses.
- When: Jan. 28 - March 25
- Gallery hours: Noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays.
- Where: UNT's Fashion on Main, 1901 Main St. in Dallas at the UNT System building
- Cost: Free
- Contact: 940-565-2732 or 214-752-8151
Ellen Rossetti with UNT News Service can be reached at Ellen.firstname.lastname@example.org.