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Published:Sunday | February 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Exhibition calls for public to lend items of clothing 'From Bustle to Batty Rider'

National Museum Jamaica (NMJ), a division of the Institute of Jamaica, is issuing a call for objects for its upcoming major exhibition, titled from 'Bustle to Batty Rider', which will catalogue the social history of Jamaican women's fashion.

The exhibition will explore the use of dress in the languages of fashion, class and identity in the modern period from 1865 to 2014.

"This exhibition will be educational, entertaining, complicated, noisy and edgy," said Dr Johnathan Greenland, NMJ director.

It will look at the use of dress and adornment as a symbol of identity, power and expression in Jamaican society. Dress represents the second skin that is worn on the body and is also fundamental in the construction of language, identity and culture.

"Using video projectors, clothing and jewellery, intimate apparel, hats, photography and magazines, we will enable our visitors to understand how Jamaican women have navigated the past century and a half in their own inimitable way," Dr Greenland explained.

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He said the exhibition will also explore complicated class issues and gender empowerment through style and fashion. According to Dr Greenland, an important section will highlight the work of Jamaican female dressmakers, textile artists, and fashion designers, and also the dress styles of various fashion icons."

The exhibition 'From Bustle to Batty Rider' engages the nature of dress and aims to use its language, identity and culture to explore and locate the Jamaican woman and her contribution to nationhood.

'From Bustle to Batty Rider', which is scheduled to open in June, will seek to answer questions such as what does clothing say about the evolution of Jamaican women's identity, and what does clothing express about class, power and sexuality?

To complement this exhibition, NMJ is urgently seeking the following from the Jamaican public: articles of clothing or adornment from all periods to be loaned for exhibition and video interviews with people about their clothing and identity. They will also welcome photographs of people at particular past stages in their lives.