Harvard Exhibit – What (Not) to Wear: Fashion and the Law


By chance in Cambridge, Boston? The new exhibit from the Harvard Law School Library, What Not to Wear: Fashion and the Law, depicting the peculiar relation between law and fashion is definitely a must-see. No dress code – allegedly!

The Exhibit

Though law and fashion may not initially seem like overlapping domains, given the central nature of each of these fields it is no surprise that they do have an impact on one another. Over the years, fashion has been important to decisions about how jurists visually demonstrate their expertise and law has served to circumscribe how fashion is created, distributed, and consumed.

The latest exhibit from the Harvard Law School Library, What Not to Wear: Fashion and the Law, looks at some of the intersections of fashion and the law, from historic laws setting strict class distinctions for fashion, to modern intellectual property law’s approach to protecting those who design and create fashion.

What Not to Wear: Fashion and the Law, guest curated by research library staff Mindy Kent, Meg Kribble, and Carli Spina (now of Boston College!), is on view in the HLS Library Caspersen Room daily 9am-5pm through August 12, 2016.

Missed it? No worries, the exhibit will be available online.

More information can be found here.