Texas Tech University

Miss America Fashion

December 22, 2021 – June 22, 2022

Miss America Image

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Miss America Pageant, the Museum of Texas Tech University will mount an exhibit of garments worn on the stage in Atlantic City and by the Miss Americas during their year of service.  The swimsuits and evening gowns of the first hundred years at the Miss America Pageant are a microcosm of American fashion of the same time. Beginning with a coronation robe from the 1930s, through clothing worn by the last Miss Texas to win the crown, to the creation of the “Supersuit” swimsuit of the 1980s, this exhibit will feature American fashion through the lens of the women who embodied the ideal American woman.

Exhibition catalog available in the Museum Giftshop and on Amazon: