Arts and Performance

LET IT SNOW: Keeping Warm at Syracuse University, 1870-2020

January 17, 2020February 28, 2020

Nancy Cantor Warehouse, Sue and Leon Genet Gallery (First Floor)

LET IT SNOW:
Keeping Warm at Syracuse University, 1870-2020
Selections from the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection

Now on view through February 28, 2020

Opening Reception

  • Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Featuring a 6:30 gallery talk by Kirsten Schoonmaker and Jeffrey Mayer

Public Gallery Hours

  •  Monday – Saturday, noon to 5:00 pm., or by appointment

On Dec. 2, 2019, Syracuse University canceled a full day of classes for the fourth time in its 150-year history. This means that generations of students have trudged through snow, sleet, ice, and wind in order to get to class.

How did they keep themselves from shivering as the daytime temperatures plunged as low as -4°F in January of 1982? Students on campus have proved that staying warm doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style.

Thick fulled wool in fashionable hues has been cut and shaped to follow the silhouettes of the moment, whether it be the 1880s, the 1980s, or today. Collars and cuffs have been trimmed with insulating materials from soft fur to plushy polyester, trapping warm air around exposed skin as icy winds blow. Belts and buttons not only keep coats from flapping, but also add a touch of shape, sparkle, or contrast.

Selections from the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection reveal that while faces may change, outerwear has always been a style statement on campus.

This event was published on January 17, 2020.


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