September 16, 2013 by URI Providence
Gilding the Shoestring II features the Women in White Collection created by David T. Howard Associate Professor of Costume Design at the University of Rhode Island and Resident Costume Designer at the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre. The exhibit will encompass 15 years of work while Howard has been in Rhode Island, but focus on the new work created since Howard presented a solo exhibit at the URI Providence Campus in 2007. The costumes on display range historically from women’s 16th century gowns to contemporary dresses, and a variety of men’s pieces from the same historic periods.
Selected pieces from the new ”collection”, Women in White, will be on view for the first time. This project was developed as a series of study pieces created during Howard’s Sabbatical in 2010. Howard suggests that, “The garments represent historical periods including the under garments that are rarely seen outside of museums, created in the manner of the time period with appropriate fabrics. Created in white with minimal adornment, the collection allows the viewer – student or casual observer to focus on the complicated and unique construction of historical clothes, without the distraction of colour and décor.”