The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is partnering with Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s (KCAD’s) Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion to open a new fashion exhibit, Inspired Style, on August 6. This new exhibit is a collaborative fashion project, where students used the Museum’s fashion Collection for inspiration to create new, modern interpretations of the historic pieces.

Nine students each chose a garment from the Museum’s Collections from different decades spanning the 1850s to 1950s. Their new pieces incorporate elements of the historic garments into their own original work, resulting in a modern artistic interpretation.

This exhibit will open in the GRPM’s Circle Theater, located on the Museum’s third floor, on Saturday, August 6 and run through January 8, 2017. Admission to this exhibit will be included with general admission to the Museum.


"It is exciting to partner with the KCAD's Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion students to be able to use our Collections in a new and exciting way," said Andrea Melvin, Collections Curator at the GRPM. "Our fashion Collection is one of the most expansive Collections we have, and we are always looking for fun ways to share more of what we have with the community; this exhibit is doing just that."