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### Kent State University Museum to Feature Exhibition on Fashion Icons Rodgers and Silverman

The Kent State University Museum is set to open an exhibition titled “Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman: Dazzling Day and Night” on Friday. The exhibition will showcase gowns created by Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman, founders of the museum, as part of their 40th-anniversary celebration in 2025.

### Fashion Legacy of Rodgers and Silverman

Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman were renowned for their fashion label, Jerry Silverman, Inc., which was a prominent name in women’s better dresses during the 1960s and 1970s. Their designs were favored by American clients, first ladies, and celebrities for their timeless and stylish appeal. The exhibition will feature day dresses, cocktail attire, evening wear, photographs, advertisements, and fashion sketches, providing a glimpse into their iconic creations.

### Partnership and Contributions to Fashion Education

The partnership between Silverman and Rodgers began in 1946 when Silverman hired Rodgers as a designer for Martini Designed. Their collaboration extended beyond the fashion industry to include a pivotal role in the establishment of the KSU Museum and the School of Fashion. The duo’s involvement with the university began with a successful fashion show in 1979, leading to further initiatives to enhance the fashion education landscape.

### Timeless Designs and Cultural Influence

The exhibition will highlight over 30 ensembles spanning from the late 1950s to the 1970s, showcasing the evolution of American fashion during that period. Rodgers and Silverman’s ability to translate Parisian runway trends into designs that resonated with American clients will be on display, along with sketches, photographs, and iconic advertising campaigns.

### Exhibition Details and Admission

“Dazzling Day and Night” will run until July 28 at the Kent State University Museum, located at 515 Hilltop Drive, Kent. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission fees are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children/students aged 5 to 18, and free for Kent students, faculty, staff, and children under 4. Sunday admission is free for all visitors. For more information, visit [Kent State University Museum](https://www.kent.edu/museum) or call 330-672-3450.

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Original Story at www.vindy.com – 2024-05-31 03:09:27

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