UNIFORMITY: Passions. Perceptions. Purposes.

December 6, 2013 – April 12, 2014

batik282Object research, planning and installation of this exhibit is the work of students in Museum Studies, AMD 257. Class members include: Jessi Behr, Cassidy Brinkman, Emily Fairbairn, Jessica Florac, Melissa Grunder, Tayler Johnson, Amy Lowery, Katelyn McDermott, Allie Mormann, Cassidy Rourick, Hannah Salomon, and Emma Seaman. Additional exhibit support provided by Janet Fitzpatrick, Lynette Pohlman, Jennifer Gordon, Suzanne LeSar, and Raina Edel.

Why do people wear uniforms?

  • Uniforms may be worn to create an atmosphere of uniformity based on identical appearances, beliefs, and behaviors.
  • Uniforms may be prescribed by an organization such as the U.S. Army or may be the product of social convention like the formal attire worn by a wedding party.
  • batik282Uniforms may provide a sense of belonging, show allegiance, or indicate rank or level of expertise.
  • Uniforms may inspire trust, garner respect, convey pride, or command obedience.
  • Uniforms may suppress a sense of individuality.
  • Uniforms may express Passions; reflecting strongly held beliefs, emotions, or actions about personal identity, a cause, or an organization.
  • Uniforms may influence our Perceptions; prompting judgments based on aspects of identity that are revealed through one’s dress.
  • Uniforms may serve specific Purposes; determining utility related to occupation, recreation, or environmental needs.

Why do people wear uniforms?

  • We wear uniforms to communicate something about ourselves that we’d like others to know.

Thank you to the Special Collections Department at the Iowa State University Library and Jennifer Peters for loaning uniforms for the exhibit, and to donors who helped students with their research.