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NMSU Rhythm and Threads Exhibition Opens April 2

LAS CRUCES - "Rhythm and Threads: Fifty Years of Music and Dress", an undergraduate student exhibition about the complex relationship between popular music and dress from 1950 to 2000, runs April 2-15 at New Mexico State University.


Some of the most popular styles of the past 50 years will be featured, as viewers take a nostalgic look at how music and culture have influenced dress. Some examples include the bobby soxers of the 1950s, the disco dancers of the 1970s and the hip hoppers of the 1990s.

The exhibition, an independent study project by NMSU senior Angelica Silva of El Paso, will be held in Room 330 of Gerald Thomas Hall.

The exhibition is free and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

An opening reception will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 2. The program begins at 1 p.m. in Room 336 of Gerald Thomas Hall with remarks by Jane Hegland, director of the student project and an assistant professor of clothing, textiles and fashion merchandising. Then Silva will give a talk entitled "Marking the Times Through Music and Dress."

Tickets are required for an evening reception for alumni and friends of the family and consumer sciences department to be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on April 7. A private gallery viewing will follow.

The project has given Silva, who is interested in a career in visual merchandising and museum work, a chance to combine her interests in clothing and music with some management skills.

Silva got some help with the background for the exhibition from Tracie Shane, a graduate student in public history. Also, as part of Hegland's historic dress class, groups of students delved into the music and dress of each decade.

Antonio Ramirez, a junior majoring in marketing, helped select the music to represent each decade. Ramirez is a former programming director for radio station KRUX and now works for KMVR Magic 105 in Las Cruces.

Silva's brother Ernesto, who works as a heating and cooling technician in El Paso, figured out a unique way to display the clothing on mannequins made of PVC pipe to save on the cost of renting or buying traditional mannequins. He also is helping build the set for the exhibition.

For more information or to reserve tickets for the alumni and friends reception, please call (505) 646-3936.