New Fashion Archives exhibit opens on March 25

BeadedBagArticleThe Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University (FA&M) will debut a new exhibit on March 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. 

"Through the Lens of the Beholder: The Fine Art of Dress" features clothing and accessories for men, women and children from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The exhibit includes clothing of twentieth-century designers Coco Chanel, Arnold Scaasi, and Jacques Fath.

“The pieces for this exhibit were selected for their artistic merit in terms of construction, embellishments or fine fabrics,” said Dr. Karin J. Bohleke, FA&M director.

To bring focus to this artistic merit, the work of SU students, faculty and local photographers is featured as part of the exhibit. The photographs allow for close-up interpretive views of the displayed pieces. The exhibit runs through Dec. 7, 2017. 

The FA&M is home to a collection of clothing and accessories with ages ranging from a few decades to a few centuries. The primary function of the archives is to preserve and exhibit its collection of clothing and accessories and to make those materials available for teaching and research purposes.

FA&M hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Free admission is offered to SU students, faculty and staff and children under 12. Group tours are available by contacting (717) 477-1239 or emailing For more information visit