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Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection releases new exhibition

Woman’s Lacoste polo-style dress, c. 1970s. Donor: Jeanne Blines.

Woman’s Lacoste polo-style dress, circa 1970s. Donor: Jeanne Blines

The Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection (LJHCC) in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Illinois State University invites the public to the collection’s newest exhibition, Not Just Jerseys: Sportswear Through History, running through February 2, 2018.

The exhibition features a range of garments for men and women, from those worn for active sports in the early 20th century to garments worn for leisure in the later 20th century. The exhibition was planned and installed by students in the fashion design and merchandising program at Illinois State.

The LJHCC was created in 1962 by Lois Jett, a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Over the years, the collection has expanded to more than 2,000 items of men’s, women’s, and children’s dress and related artifacts dating from the 1840s to today.

This free exhibition is located in 126 Turner Hall 126 on Illinois State’s campus and is open to the campus and surrounding community. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon through December 8. Other times may be scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling (309) 438-5960.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Jennifer Banning.

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