presented by Amanda McCrary Smith, curator of textiles and dress, Tennessee State Museum

Join Amanda McCrary Smith for this thirty-minute talk in the exhibition American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939 to learn more about women’s changing fashions during the interwar years.


About the speaker

Amanda McCrary Smith, curator of textiles and dress at the Tennessee State Museum, earned her BA in history and American studies at Lipscomb University, her MA in American cultural and intellectual history at Middle Tennessee State University, and her graduate certificate in costume and textiles collection management from California State University at Long Beach. She taught previously at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and Nashville State Community College, where she focused on American, world, and Tennessee history. Amanda is currently pursuing her doctorate at Middle Tennessee State University with an emphasis in cultural resource management and material culture. Her focuses within her field include textile production and environmental impact, labor history and textile mills of the Southeast, the history of institutionalized dress, and a diverse array of other academic interests.

Image: Maker unknown. Dress, 1920s. Cotton with reproduction sash, 50 x 36 x 1 1/2 in. Tennessee State Museum, 79.105.2


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