Textile Gallery exhibit looks at 100 years of the business suit – Rhody Today

KINGSTON, R.I. – March 17, 2023 – The power suit is far from dead. But in the last 100 years, it’s gone from the essential business wear for men and women to just one of the many choices available today for the high-powered executive or the nervous job seeker.

That is one of the storylines in a new exhibit, “Dressed for Business: A Retrospective Look at the Suit and Beyond (1923-2023),” that takes over the University of Rhode Island’s Textile Gallery in Quinn Hall starting Thursday, March 23. Presented by the Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design Department, the exhibit fits like a well-tailored suit with the College of Business’ 100th anniversary, providing a celebratory display of clothing from the University’s Historic Textiles and Costume Collection.

“The idea of dressing as a business person – typically a man – has evolved as society has changed,” says…

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