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Fashion History Moving Foward: 

Animating the Present, Considering the Past 

 December 2, 2022 – February 4, 2023

 Reception:December 2, 5-7 PM

Fashion History Moving Forward: Animating the Present, Considering the Past is an exhibit that references bodices, blouses and more, from the late 1890s to the early 1900s, as inspiration for modern-day designs. Virginia Tech fashion merchandising and design students were asked to research garments from the Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation, as well as those from Virginia Tech’s Oris Glisson Historic Costume and Textile Collection, to create new designs for their first 2D fashion animation project. Fashion History Moving Forward: Animating the Present, Considering the Past will be on display from Friday December 2, 2022 – Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the Alexander Black House, 204 Draper Road SW, Blacksburg, VA, blacksburgmuseum.org, 540-443-1600. Admission is free, hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10–4. Opening reception on Friday, December 2, 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

 

Earlier this summer, the concept of this fashion installation evolved out of a conversation between Virginia Tech’s Fashion Merchandising and Design Professor, Sarah Wilmot and the Blacksburg Museum’s curator Janean Williams. Upon learning that current fashion designers were now expected to animate their clothing lines, Williams realized the potential for an exhibit incorporating animation and fashion design. Professor Wilmot envisioned designs based on historic costumes within BMCF’s collection, as well as those contained in the Orin Glisson Historic Costume and Textile Collection at Virginia Tech. For a fall semester Apparel Product Development course, Wilmot assigned students a digital problem-based learning activity, using fashion history to develop a new collection that would be presented using 2D fashion animation. The students were inspired by the delicate laces, ornate patterns, and ruffle details, and by the sustainable silks and cotton fabrics, which have lasted more than 100 years, from the Victorian and Edwardian periods in each institution’s collections. The installation showcases 12 original garments, alongside the designs and animations of the 18 students, their teaching assistant, as well as Professor Wilmot. Each animation is a story built upon research, technique, inspiration, and the connectedness of the past to the future in motion.

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From Africa to Appalachia:  Roots of Old-time and Bluegrass

October 7 – November 19

 

This gourd banjo (ca. 1859) illustrates an earlier style of banjo played by African Americans who used local sources to create their instruments. Image from the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution

Music fans know that American blues music is rooted in West Africa. Less well-known are the African roots of old-time and its musical cousin, bluegrass. Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation announces From Africa to Appalachia:  Roots of Old-time and Bluegrass on exhibit from October 7 – November 19, in the Alexander Black House main galleries.

Old-time music is a genre of North American folk music, developing along with various North American folk dances, such as square dancing, clogging, and buck dancing. Old-time music got its start on the gourd banjos of enslaved Africans, intertwining with the Scots-Irish folk tunes brought to the Appalachian regions. BMCF honors the complex musical history and profound influences of African Americans on not just blues and jazz, but also old-time, bluegrass and country music.

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Associated Events

  • "Black Fiddlers" a Documentary Film Showing
    Nov 10, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Blacksburg, 204 Draper Rd SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA
    Come and enjoy a free showing of the documentary "Black Fiddlers."
  • Lecture with Patrick Salmons
    Thu, Oct 20
    Alexander Black House & Cultural Center
    Oct 20, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Alexander Black House & Cultural Center , 204 Draper Rd SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA
    Patrick Salmons, Professor with Virginia Tech’s Department of Religion and Culture will present a lecture on how African Americans were pushed out of "hillbilly" music by distributors and labels, the discrimination they faced, and how this genre’s full history is being rediscovered in the modern da
  • Old-Time Jam
    Wed, Oct 19
    Blacksburg
    Oct 19, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Blacksburg, 204 Draper Rd SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA
    In celebration of the exhibit "From Africa to Appalachia: The Roots of Old-Time and Bluegrass. The Alexander Black House will be hosting an old-time jam!
  • Earl White, Lecture & Demonstration
    Oct 14, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
    Blacksburg, 204 Draper Rd SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA
    Lecture presented by Early White on the History of Blacks in Old-Time, with a musical demonstration, and a Q&A section at the end.
  • Corbin Hayslett Lecture
    Thu, Nov 03
    Alexander Black House & Cultural Center
    Nov 03, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Alexander Black House & Cultural Center , 204 Draper Rd SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA