Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising

Avenir Museum Gallery

The collections are comprised of over 18,000 artifacts of historically and culturally significant objects related primarily to 19th and 20th century EuroAmerican material culture as well as non-Western material culture with depth in India, China, Japan, Central Asia and Latin America; collections are used for teaching, research, and interpretive exhibitions. Special collections include:

  • Designer garments from Calvin Klein, Arnold Scaasi, James Galanos, Carolina Herrera, Pauline Trigère, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, and Versace
  • The largest public-held collection of designs by Mr. Richard Blackwell, self-proclaimed arbiter of fashion and author of the annual celebrity Best- and Worst-Dressed Lists of the 1960s-2000s

Located in the University Center for the Arts, the Avenir Museum features a Gallery with an established schedule of exhibits; workshops and lectures are held in conjunction with each exhibit.

Current Exhibition Fall 2015 - Winter 2015

FGI Pop Art Fashion Show

“Twisted Sister” by Mollie Cooper, Ellen Baughman & Kellie Jerzyk Twister Dress, Recycled Garment

August 28, 2015 - December 31, 2015

What are you wearing? And what was it, before you could wear it? For the very first time, the UCA Avenir Gallery features a collection of garments produced by students from the Colorado State University chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI) located in the Department of Design and Merchandising in CSU's College of Health and Human Sciences. Our FGI student chapter holds an annual recycled fashion show every fall, featuring many of the recycled garments created by students in Dr. Diane Sparks' AM 130 Design Foundations class. This imaginative exhibition illustrates student learning and incorporation of a variety of recycled materials to demonstrate understanding of the principles and elements of design. The individual garments highlight the construction skills, whimsy, and innovation of our design and merchandising students.

A host of events are being held in conjunction with the new exhibit:

AVENIR MUSEUM OF DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING - 115 University Center for the Arts

FREE and open to the public

UCA Avenir Gallery hours: Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Closed national and university holidays. For more information on the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising Please contact (970) 491-1983 or AvenirMuseum@colostate.edu

FGI Pop Art Fashion Show: August 28-December 31 UCA Avenir Gallery Exhibition

September 17 – Blue Alchemy Stories of Indigo: Join the Avenir Museum staff for a viewing of Blue Alchemy Stories of Indigo a documentary produced by the Avenir Foundation. Filmed in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Mexico, El Salvador, and the U.S., this documentary weaves together visually stunning stories of Indigo’s cultural traditions, its history and importance in global trade, and people who are reviving the industry for sustainable development. A selection of Indigo dyed objects from the Avenir collection will also be on view.

October 22 – Pop Art Student Panel: How do soda cans, shower curtains, and bicycle tubes inspire the fashion designers of the future? A panel of students from design and merchandising program talk about their educational foundation and creative process, and how they seek inspiration and find design heritage in the textile and historic costume collections of the Avenir Museum.

November 19 – Final Sneak Peek: The collection is finally home! After an extended time in deep storage during our lengthy 2014-2015 expansion project, we brought the Avenir Museum collection back over the summer. As the museum staff prepare the inaugural exhibitions opening in spring 2016, join us for the final sneak peek before the official grand opening of the Avenir Museum – you’ll see how the collections are settling back in to new storage, inspect gallery areas and exhibition design in process, and tour other backstage areas not normally open to the public.

Past Exhibitions