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Sports and Fashion Exhibit

Event Information

Historic Costume and Textiles Collection: Sports and Fashion Exhibit
279 Campbell Hall, 1787 Neil Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43210
Monday, Apr. 08, 2019 to Friday, Apr. 26, 2019

The Sports and Fashion exhibition, presented by the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, presents clothing from the late 19th century through the 21st century exploring the intersection of sports and fashion and how each influenced the other during the past 150 years. Full-skirted bathing costumes and gym suits of the late 19th century reflect the fashion of their time, but evolved into more streamlined functional forms as women became more active in the early 20th century and beyond. When evening gowns of the 1930s had low back necklines, swimsuits had to follow suit, or was it the other way around? Was it the low-back swimsuits that influenced the low-back evening dresses?

Visit the Collection

Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: Noon-4 p.m.

Closed on all University Holidays and home football game Saturdays during Autumn semester.
Open by appointment only during break weeks

Access to the Gladys Keller Snowden Galleries (279 Campbell Hall) on the second floor in the Geraldine Schottenstein Wing of Campbell Hall is easiest through the arched entrance on the north side of the building (Neil Dr.), closest to the parking garage behind Campbell Hall. Once through the glass door, take the elevator to the second floor gallery entrance. On Saturdays, only the glass door  through the archway and the front main entrance to Campbell Hall are unlocked.


Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated in the donation box.