On Mr. Blackwell’s 100th birthday

Osborne said the Avenir Museum houses the largest public collection of clothes by Mr Blackwell, a fashion designer active from the 1960s to 1980s who died in 2008. He became most famous for his “worst dressed” list, but first impacted the industry with his work.

Osborne said the museum engages students to use and learn from the historic clothing and textile collection when possible, working with DM faculty and other campus departments to access the collection and integrate into university courses.

“The project recognizes Mr. Blackwell’s longstanding support and contributions to CSU and celebrates his passion for fostering the next generation of designers,” Osborne said. “This interdisciplinary project allowed students to learn specific fashion-related technologies through three different clothing design courses.”

One of the main objectives of the project was to digitize 42 flat designs created by Mr. Blackwell’s design company, which are now part of the Blackwell Archive in the Avenir Museum’s permanent collection.

The students studied the color, textile design and surface embellishment of the collection to create a collection of textile prints and finished garments inspired by Blackwell designs.

The Blackwell exhibit features 11 original Blackwell garments alongside 22 garments created by students from the Department of Design and Merchandising that were inspired by the original Blackwell pieces.

Osborne said the end result is the culmination of academic research, collaboration, creativity and the students’ use of new technologies to create modern silhouettes inspired by an icon of fashion and style. mid-20th century popular culture.

The Design and Merchandising Department is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences.