'A Bespoke Generation' exhibit to open

'A Bespoke Generation' exhibit to open

CHAMPAIGN — The exhibition, "A Bespoke Generation," on view starting Friday at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, will explore historical costumes from the University of Illinois and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts collection.

The opening reception will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Indi Go, 9 E. University Ave., C. The exhibition will remain on display through Nov. 21.

It will feature garments from the late 19th century to the early 20th century that were researched by UI students under the guidance of costume design and costume history Professor Helene Siebrits. Students from theater, art history, art education, museum studies and history participated. The goal was to take historical research out of the classroom; in the process, students learned how to curate and present their work to a wide audience.

On display will be fine garments worn by local Illinoisans from the past and historic reproduction costumes from the 2012 Illinois Shakespeare Festival production of "Othello."

The exhibition, which illuminates the relationship between historical research and costume design for performance, is underwritten by a grant from the UI Office of the Provost as a part of the Provost's Initiative on Teaching Advancement.

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