Working women outfits to be honored at State College of Florida

Uniforms worn by women throughout history are being honored at an SCF exhibit.
Uniforms worn by women throughout history are being honored at an SCF exhibit. PHOTO PROVIDED

Working women in uniform will be honored at an upcoming exhibit at State College of Florida.

More than 60 uniforms have been gathered to the “Art of the Costume: Working Women in Uniform” exhibit planned for the Fine Art Gallery at SCF.

“Art of the Costume: Working Women in Uniform,” honors women in the workplace by showcasing the fashions that have influenced current trends, according to organizers. The exhibit will offer a survey of uniforms worn by women in different professions through the decades to include traditional, nontraditional and cultural uniform attire.

Many of the uniforms have been worn by women living in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Kenneth Erickson, former SCF Theatre Program director, met with several of the contributors to gather uniforms, including uniforms from jobs at the circus and movies to tobacco rollers and Red Cross nurses to military uniforms.

This will be SCF’s fourth costume exhibit devoted to the art of the costume, showcasing the collaborative efforts of the SCF Fine Art Gallery, SCF Theatre Program, local organizations and private individuals. The department of Art, Design, Humanities is joining this year’s effort.

The exhibit opens with a reception 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26, which is National Women’s Equity Day, at SCF’s Fine Art Gallery, Building 11 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.