Deirdre Clemente

Associate Director, Public History program
Expertise: 20th century American Culture, Fashion and clothing, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Museum studies


Deirdre Clemente is a historian and curator of 20th century American culture, specializing in fashion and clothing. She is an expert in the use of fashion in the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald and served as a historical consultant for costume in Baz Luhrmann's film, The Great Gatsby.

Clemente is the associate director of the UNLV public history program. She holds a master of arts degree in Museum Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in history from Carnegie Mellon. Her research on the intersection of clothing and social change has been published in the Journal of Social History, New England Quarterly, Journal of American Culture, and others. Her book Dress Casual: How College Kids Redefined American Style was published in spring 2014 from UNC Press. The book explores how and why collegians pioneered the adoption of casual dress – one of the most pervasive cultural shifts of the 20th century. Clemente is currently working on her second book titled, Chic Streets: Urban Development, Shopping, and the American Fashion Industry which considers the evolution of New York's Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive and Miami Beach's Lincoln road as places where American clothing was made and marketed.

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Deirdre Clemente In The News

August 28, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak’s huge impact on business, education and sports continues to be felt, but what about the effect the pandemic is having on the way we dress?
Business Insider
August 20, 2020
On June 1, L'Oréal Paris posted on Instagram a black square with white text that read, "Speaking out is worth it." The brand, like countless others, expressed solidarity with the Black community amid widespread protests calling for police reform in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
July 13, 2020
Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) has felt the brutal impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic in 2020. During the worst of the March market meltdown, Nike stock was down as much as 40% from its January highs. However, it has since staged a steady recovery, due in no small part to its strong e-commerce performance. Now trading at over $97 per share, Nike is on track to start posting growth for 2020.
Yahoo! Sports
June 26, 2020
A restaurant that refused to seat a Black mother and son for an alleged dress code violation apologized for the “disturbing” and “eye-opening” experience. Now, the Maryland eatery is one of many reckoning with stiff and outdated wardrobe rules now under renewed scrutiny amid the Black Lives Matter movement and protests for racial equity.

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Campus NewsFebruary 18, 2020
A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.
UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
PeopleDecember 27, 2019
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People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus NewsNovember 1, 2019
A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
A group of four UNLV nursing students work on a manikin at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.
Campus NewsSeptember 25, 2019
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