From Sportswear to Streetwear: American Innovation

The influence of sportswear on contemporary American Fashion has been profound. From Sportswear to Streetwear: American Innovation -- an exhibition at the Goldstein Museum of Design running August 16-November 2 -- features garments from the museum's own collection to examine this influence. The exhibition demonstrates the migration of specialty fabrics such as quik-dri and stretch, and styles such as golf shirts, ski pants, equestrian-wear, and athletic shoes into non-sport casual dress. The influence has come full circle and dress for sport is now influenced by streetwear. This mutual influence shifts from sportswear to streetwear and back again, leaving viewers to ask: Is it sportswear or streetwear?


Is it sportswear or streetwear? The sweater and pleated skirt silhouette of the classic tennis ensemble is mirrored in a staple of 20th century streetwear: the sweater set and knee length skirt.

Tennis Dress, 1975-1980
Gift of Ms.Lorraine Livingston, 1983.065.007

Sweater Set and Skirt, 1960-1970
Pringle For Bonwit Teller, New York, Scotland
Cashmere, small pearl buttons, wool
Gift of Dr & Mrs.Martin and Eve Jean Lebowitz, 2004.033.017B

Curators: Dolores DeFore, volunteer curatorial specialist in fashion; Marilyn DeLong, associate dean for research and outreach; Kelly Gage, graduate student in Apparel Studies; Gloria Hogan, consultant; Erin Jedlicka, graduate student in Apparel Studies.

Opening Reception
August 15, 2008, 7-9 p.m.
Goldstein Museum, McNeal Hall

Party for MN Fashion Week
September 19, 2008
The Goldstein Collection: A Resource for Designers 6-7 p.m.
Party 7-9 p.m.
Goldstein Museum, McNeal Hall

October 10, 2008, 4 p.m.
McNeal Auditorium
Keynote address by Patricia Campbell Warner, professor emerita, history of dress, Department of Theater, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Warner is the author of When the Girls Came Out to Play: The Birth of American Sportswear. She will explore this American innovation in dress in support of the exhibition. Other speakers will include Apparel Studies graduate students Monica Sklar ("Biker Chic: Renegade to Runway"), Joyce Heckman ("Running the Gamut"), Kelly Gage ("Horsing Around: Fashion for Sport and Street"), and Erin Jedlicka ("Ralph Lauren: Selling the American Dream").