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Halston exhibit featured in Lipscomb University's Hutcheson Gallery, March 11-26

Lacey Klotz | 


Middle Tennesseans have the unique opportunity to witness a rare collection by one of America’s most influential fashion designers on Lipscomb’s campus, March Halston_Side111-26. 

Lipscomb University’s Department of Fashion & Design, in conjunction with the College of Business, Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering, Department of Theatre and the Beaman Library presents an exhibit by American fashion designer, Halston, in the John C. Hutcheson Gallery located in the James D. Hughes Center.

The exhibition features watercolors from Halston’s studio, photographs of historical and aesthetic importance, media clips from the collection and a sampling of the garments that highlight some of Halston’s greatest work. 

One unique aspect of the exhibit is the revolving stage senior design project completed by Lipscomb students Gabriella Barboza, Talbott Denny, Caleb Janelle and Cody LaRoche.

In the fall of 2015, the Lipscomb University Department of Theatre submitted a request to senior engineering students for the design and build of a quietly revolving stage to be used in various performances. The requirements for the stage were to be 12 feet in diameter, have the capacity to be taken apart for easy storage, rotate approximately 1 revolution per minute, be reversible in direction and quieter than approximately 60 dB, which the students produced especially for the exhibit. 

The Halston Collection was named after American fashion pioneer designer, Roy Frowick Halston, who became known simply as Halston. Halston, who rose to international fame in the 1970s, redefined American fashion by employing minimalism and clean lines into his work.

Halston first entered the fashion scene as a hat designer in the early ’60s and was most noted for his design of the pillbox hat, worn by Jackie Kennedy at President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural in 1962. He expanded to a full fashion line in 1968 and within seven years became one of the top designers in the world.

The Halston Collection was donated to Lipscomb’s fashion merchandising program in 2002 by Georgette Mosbacher, the president and CEO of Borghese Cosmetics in New York City.

The shipment to Lipscomb comprised more than 80 boxes of clothing and documents. Included in the assortment were more than 60 garments including a large selection Halston_Side2of evening dresses. Other items included blouses, skirts, suits, jackets, sketch books, water colors, press clippings, order forms, patterns, videos, collection presentations, TV spots and interviews with Halston at the height of his popularity.

Fashion design majors at Lipscomb study the collection to better understand how fine fashions are conceived, designed on paper, presented on the runway and brought to the fashion market.

Aside from being a part of Lipscomb University's Special Collections, The Halston Collection has been featured in showings at Cheekwood Botanic Gardens and Nashville Fashion Week.  

Located in the James D. Hughes Center at Lipscomb University, the John C. Hutcheson Gallery opened in fall of 2010. Curated by Lipscomb visual arts department faculty, the Hutcheson Gallery features a variety of exhibitions each semester. This gallery provides an opportunity to study, exhibit, stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement and artistic interests. 

The Hutcheson Gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., however, hours may vary during scheduled events. The Hutcheson Gallery is best accessible from the Belmont Boulevard entrances to campus.

The Hutcheson Gallery will continue April 4 with an exhibit by visual artist Robert Scobey.