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Standing-room only crowd for fashion designer Alexander Julian

Five-time Coty Award-winning designer Alexander Julian, well-known for his Colours line and uniforms for the Charlotte Hornets and UNC Tarheels, and Paul Newman's automobile racing team, spoke to students October 26 in the School of Art + Design's newly renovated Kirkwood Hall. He delivered wonderful insights about his long and successful fashion career, entertained with personal stories about Bill Blass, and shared his vision for new fashion and home furnishings ventures. Often using fine art as his inspiration, Julian attempts to replicate the incredible variety and diversity of color in the natural world in the cloth he designs for his clothing.

Academy Award-winning costume designer James Acheson is coming to Indiana University!

James Acheson, the versatile Academy Award-winning costume designer, will be on campus Thursday, January 17, 2013. Acheson has designed for superheroes, eighteenth-century French aristocrats, and time-traveling dwarves, and received Academy Awards for his creative efforts in the films "Restoration", "Dangerous Liaisons", and "The Last Emperor". The esteemed costume designer for the "Spider-Man" films as well as "The Man in the Iron Mask", "Doctor Who", "The Meaning of Life", and the summer 2013 Superman movie "Man of Steel" will present a Jorgenson Guest Filmmaker Lecture at the IU Cinema Thursday, January 17, 3pm. This free ticketed lecture will feature Mr. Acheson sharing his experiences designing for the Hollywood film industry, as well as his work on the forthcoming "Man of Steel".

Mr. Acheson's visit is sponsored in part by the Sage Collection and the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design.

Celebrate Spring with the Sage Collection and the Monroe County History Center!

Join the Sage Collection and the Monroe County History Center for the Garden Glamour: A Floral Fashion Frenzy! opening reception Friday April 6, 5-7 at the Monroe County History Center, 202 East 6th Street. Enjoy refreshments and create your own free fabulous floral fashion accessory!

This is a free Arts Week Everywhere event. Garden Glamour: A Floral Fashion Frenzy! is on view from April 6 through August 25, 2012.

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Good Design is Always in Fashion

Sage Collection Curator Kate Rowold was featured in the December 2011 issue of She Magazine, published by The Republic, Columbus, Indiana. Read the interview and see images from the Fashioning a Legacy: The Irwin Sweeney Miller Families exhibit here.

Indiana University and Bloomington History at the IU Archives!

A pair of very special senior cords from the Sage Collection are on view at the IU Archives reception area through January 31, 2012. The exhibition University School: The Best Years of their Lives was created by the Indiana University Archives in honor of those attending the All-University School reunion on November 5th, 2011. 

The University School first opened its doors in 1938 at Jordan Avenue and 3rd Street (presently the Simon Music Library and Recital Center). It was a laboratory school for the education of students in grades K-12, and as a lab school, was a training ground for prospective teachers, supervisors, and administrators. In 1963, the University School moved to new facilities located at the northwest corner of 10th Street and the Bypass. This month, the Sage Collection is celebrating its one-year anniversary in that very same building!

The Sage Collection senior cords on view were donated and worn by Robert Edwards, graduate of University High School, class of 1954. These hand-painted pale yellow cotton corduroy pants feature caricatures and names of the donor's close friends, and were painted in the summer of 1953.

The Sage Collection is very happy to share this unique piece of Bloomington and Indiana social history with University School alumni and visitors to the IU Archives. Stop by the 4th floor of the Wells Library and see for yourself!

This exhibition is now closed.

Sage Collection artifacts on view at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures!

View accessories from the Sage Collection in Personal Accents: Accessories Around the World, an exhibition curated by Stephanie Smith, a student in the Masters of Arts in Arts Administration program at IU. Featured Sage Collection objects include a Judith Leiber purple snakeskin purse, a black fox fur muff, a necktie that once belonged to Herman B Wells, and a red and white printed silk parasol with lace trim.

Personal Accents opened December 9, 2011, and will be on view for approximately 18 months. In addition to the objects listed above, the exhibit also features a Sage Collection pocket watch, spats, handkerchief, and shawl. Look for new Sage Collection artifacts to be rotated into the exhibit summer 2012.

New Fashion Design Degree!

In response to increasing student demand, Indiana University has expanded its fashion design program, making it the newest major at IU Bloomington.

The new major, which students can begin pursuing in the upcoming school year, is offered by the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Until this year, students who wanted to pursue fashion design did so through the department's two-year fashion design certificate and the College's Individualized Major Program (IMP). The high level of demand and student interest in the field convinced AMID and the College that it was time to develop the major.

For the full press release and further information: IU Bloomington offering new major in fashion design.

Indiana University Center for Art and Design-Columbus (IUCAD)

Indiana University has formed a partnership with the Community Education Coalition of Columbus to establish a center in downtown Columbus that will specialize in teaching art and design.

The Indiana University Center for Art and Design-Columbus (IUCAD) is expected to be operating by the start of the 2011-12 academic year, and will offer selected upper-level courses for degree-seeking students in such fields as graphics design, interior design and fashion design. The courses, which are all currently offered at IU Bloomington in existing degree programs, will also be available on a non-credit basis to Columbus area residents and employees of area businesses seeking to sharpen their skills.

Plans call for the IUCAD-Columbus to begin within the "Sears Block" of the former Commons Mall, located on the northwest corner of 3rd and Jackson streets. The center will be housed in approximately 7,000 square feet and have access to the YES Cinema and Conference Center for lecture and event space. It will also accommodate design studios, a gallery for art and design exhibitions, model workrooms, faculty and administration offices, and technology support labs.

A Moving Experience!

The Sage Collection has moved! As of January, 2011, we are located at the Smith Research Center, 2805 East 10th Street, Suite 140, Bloomington, Indiana.

Please note that we do not have public hours; however, researchers, students, and others with an interest in dress and costume history are welcome to view objects from the collection. Research appointments may be made by contacting Kelly Richardson at, or calling 812-855-4627. Appointments should be scheduled approximately two weeks in advance.