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The major exhibition Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800-1960 is currently on display at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Featuring sixty-four fully accessorized ensembles accompanied by photographs, video, and text, the show examines the material history of women in sport as they lived their individual self-determined lives.

A detailed and highly illustrated 344-page catalog is available in the Figge Museum store which contains a forward by tennis great Serena Williams. It is one of a select few authoritative publications on the evolution of women’s sporting attire.

Listen to the conversation here with FIDM Museum Curator Kevin L. Jones about the inspiration behind the creation of this exhibition, the collaboration and extensive sourcing that it required, and the importance of fashion at its intersection of history, culture, and aesthetics.

Sporting Fashion:  Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960 is organized by the American Federation of Arts in New York, and the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. It was curated by Kevin L. Jones, FIDM Museum Curator, and Christina M. Johnson, FIDM Museum Associate Curator. Please attend their joint in-person curator talk from 5-8 PM on April 20, 2023.

The Figge Museum is located at 225 W. 2nd St. in Davenport. You can view the full list of companion events and associated programming here. The exhibition is on display through May 7, 2023.

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in 2017. A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people who beautify our community and make the Quad Cities region an even better place to live.