Denim: Fashion’s Frontier

Lecture by Emma McClendon, a Janet Arnold Award Recipient

Emma McClendon is the assistant curator of costume at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York). The Society of Antiquaries of London awarded Ms McClendon a grant that allowed her to conduct a research trip to the Levi Strauss & Co archives in San Franscisco, studying historic garments and primary source matering in support of the museum’s exhibition, Denim: Fashion’s Frontier (1 December 2015 to 7 May 2015).

Image: Men’s work pants, denim and brushed cotton, circa 1840, USA, museum purchase, P86.64.3 © 2015, The Museum at FIT.

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