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

Yahoo!
Billed as the anniversary of the Levi’s 501 jeans, May 20, 2023 marked 150 years since the denim giant and a Nevada tailor, Jacob Davis, received a patent for what they described as an “improvement in fastening pocket-openings.”
Sourcing Journal
Based in San Francisco, Levi’s rose to prominence in part due to a massive local demand for workwear.
The Boston Globe
No dress shirt, no dress shoes, no problem, even at some of this area’s once buttoned-up offices
M.S.N.
Casual wear: Of course, it’s not just about wearing shorts. It’s the whole casual way of dressing, which is unlike some other parts of the world, or indeed America not too long ago. Historian Deirdre Clemente points out exactly this: "Americans have come to dress casually in a way that is very interesting as a historian."

Articles Featuring Deirdre Clemente

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | December 4, 2023

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Spooky season at UNLV (Becca Schwartz\UNLV).
Campus News | November 1, 2023

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The Sphere on the Las Vegas Strip.
Campus News | October 2, 2023

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Scarlet and Gray, “REB's Glitter Squad”, Lester Cruz and Isabel Ferguson, take pictures and hype up students and families during the October 2022 homecoming football game.
Campus News | November 8, 2022

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