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### Exhibition of Gowns by Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman at The Kent State University Museum

The exhibition “Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman: Dazzling Day and Night” will open on Friday at The Kent State University Museum. Rodgers and Silverman, the founders of the museum, are known for their timeless and stylish designs, which have been popular with American clients, first ladies, and celebrities.

### Fashion Career of Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman

Shannon Rodgers, a native Ohioan, started his career as a costume designer on Broadway and in movies before venturing into the fashion industry. Jerry Silverman, on the other hand, studied law but eventually switched careers to work in fashion. Their partnership began in 1946, leading to the establishment of the successful label Jerry Silverman, Inc.

### Collaboration with Kent State University

In the late 1970s, Rodgers and Silverman proposed a fashion show at Kent State University, which marked the beginning of their involvement with the university. The show was a success and paved the way for the renovation of Rockwell Hall, the creation of the KSU Museum, and the School of Fashion.

### Highlights of the Exhibition

The exhibition will feature over 30 ensembles from the late 1950s to the 1970s, showcasing the evolution of American styles during that period. It will include daywear, evening wear, sketches, photographs, and advertising materials, providing a comprehensive look at Rodgers and Silverman’s contributions to the fashion industry.

### Visiting the Exhibition

The exhibition will run until July 28 at the museum located at 515 Hilltop Drive, Kent. Operating hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission fees vary for different age groups, with free entry for Kent students, faculty, staff, and children under 4 on Sundays.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at [www.kent.edu/museum](www.kent.edu/museum) or contact 330-672-3450.

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