INNERWEAR: Liminal Dressing 1820-2020

Press Release for Innerwear: Liminal Dressing 1820-2020


With the COVID-19 lockdown, working and learning from home have opened the doors to the world of liminal dressing. The boundaries between our public and private spheres begin to blur as we continue to meet at home through videoconferencing. The virtual exhibition “Innerwear: Liminal Dressing 1820-2020” explores the concept of “undress” over the past 200 years through thoughtfully selected artifacts from the Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection and other various institutions. Functionality, comfort, modesty and social status are addressed as integral factors in understanding our choices of dress, even in the liminal spaces of our homes.

For an interview and more information, contact exhibit lead Anne Bissonnette at

Bev Betkowski

Communications Associate

University of Alberta


Anne Bissonnette, PhD, Bronwyn Bates, Rhonda Buie, Emma Carr, Juli Grombacher, Frances Heaton, Danielle Klatchuk, Evelyn Leung, Diana Leyva Luciano, Ariane Mendoza, Thomas Osterling, Nicole Morozewich, Emma Ross, and Chloe Schell.

The curators would like to thank the individuals and entities that made this exhibition possible. At Art Resource: Diana Edkins and Robert Dunkin. At the Cincinnati Art Museum: Rob Deslongchamps, Head of Photographic Services. At the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising: Kevin L. Jones, Curator, FIDM Museum. At the de Young Museum \ Legion of Honor’s Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts: Laura L. Camerlengo, Associate Curator of Costume and Textile Arts, and Jill DAlessandro, Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts. At Duke University Joshua Rowley: Reference Archivist, John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, Rubenstein Library. At the Frick Collection: Rachel Schwartz, Rights and Reproductions. At the Gallerie Ary Jan: Madame Ary Jan. At Hansgrohe SE: Sven Renkel, Leiter Hansgrohe Aquademie. At the Kent State University Museum: Sarah J. Rogers, Museum Director. At SystemShift Solutions: Fred Drury, CTO. At the University of Alberta, Brad Grier, ALES Digital, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, Holly Horvath, Executive Assistant to the Chair and Office Coordinator, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Michael Siebert, Program Coordinator, Office of Advancement, and Dominik Royko, LMS Programmer Analyst, Information Services & Technology, Teaching & Learning Services. At La Vie en Rose: Lina Di Liello, Vice-présidente, Chief Merchandising Officer, and Mirna Saffouri.

We would like to thank Miranda Zechel at Cloud Nine Pyjamas for their financial support.

Last but not least, a heartfelt thank you to our wonderful Community Funded donors: Wendy and Clarence Bouwsema, Patrick and Carole Bowler, Marianne Cairns, Marilena Carminati, Brenda Davis and Bruno Drucker, Denise & Drew Fraser, Stephanie Gariepy, Carolyn and Tim Heaton, Reesa & Damon Heron, Ken Klatchuk and Sharlene Yanitski, Angelique Mandeville, Cheryl Reid, Mark Schell & Danusia Ziomek, Stacey Wasmuth, Sandra and Mike Wasylchuk, Deanna Williamson, and all who donated to our crowdfunding campaign.