Guns & Gowns

Exhibit OpenedExhibit Ended
October 26, 2019February 28, 2021

Over the past 200 years, the fashion and firearms industries have transformed.  Dresses have gone from elaborate silhouettes using yards of fabric, to slimming and short designs.  Guns evolved from a single shot sparked by flint, to automatic rifling. What sparked these changes? Technology, Politics, and Society.  All three were catalysts that directly affected designers, inventors, and consumers in these industries.  From the American Revolution to the Vietnam War, explore two centuries of fashion and firearms and the trends that defined each era.