Deirdre Clemente

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

Biography

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

September 16, 2021
Kim Kardashian's appearance at the Met Gala which was full of mystery, in the form of clothes covered in all black from head to toe, successfully became a conversation.
September 14, 2021
Not everyone played fast and loose with the American theme.
September 13, 2021
Engagement watches are a fresh post-pandemic trend as people become more aware of unconventional choices in relationships.
September 13, 2021
Engagement watches are a fresh post-pandemic trend as people become more aware of unconventional choices in relationships.

Articles Featuring Deirdre Clemente

Campus News | September 7, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.
UNLV nursing student in red shirt reviewing slide sample with peer
Campus News | August 4, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.
Campus News | June 8, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.
Kamala Harris wearing a white suit while giving her victory speech
Arts and Culture | January 28, 2021
UNLV fashion expert Deirdre Clemente on the historical scrutiny of male versus female politicians’ clothing and the power of textiles, color, and style in shaping image.