Technology, fashion merge in Shifting Paradigms at Kent State University Museum

by April Helms | Special products editor Published:

Shoes and jewelry crafted with a 3-D printer. A garment with fabric that changes colors when it gets wet. A dress with components that light up when you clap.

This is an example of what can be found in Shifting Paradigms at the Kent State University Museum.

"The purpose of this exhibit is to show how technology is being used to make or influence garments," said Jean Druesedow, museum director.

The display not only includes many examples of technology and fashion, but has a video projection showing models wearing garments that change on screen - hemlines go up and down, necklines change and features appear and disappear with the push of a computer button, Druesedow said.

While many of the items on display are for show, a few pieces could be - and have been- marketed, Druesedow said. One example is a pillow that lights up.

"They are making these for nursing homes," she said. "They have heat in them. They are fun with the light, and they are whimsical, too." The Kent State University Museum is at 515 Hilltop Drive and is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 4:45 p.m. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 55 and older, and $3 for children ages 7 to 18. Children younger than 7 are free, and admission is free for all on Sundays.

Call 330-672-3218 or visit the museum's website at www.kent.edu/museum for details.

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