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

Fashion Sina
June 9, 2022
With the frisbee fever set off in China, many people have joined the sport. As a hipster, you must pay attention to the clothes of your friends on the sports field, and the yoga pants commonly worn by girls have recently been accused of rubbing frantically. Is it really a problem to wear yoga pants to play Frisbee?
April 13, 2022
The corset is back in a big way. You can thank shows like Bridgerton for bringing the body-shaping undergarment back into the forefront of fashion, with stars like Hailey Beiber and Elle Fanning sporting the item in their everyday wear and on the red carpet.
History News Network
April 3, 2022
The launching of the "Polo Ralph Lauren Exclusively for Morehouse and Spelman Colleges Collection" has received much attention from the media, which celebrated this unique collaboration between the brand and the two historically Black institutions. The collection derives its inspiration from Spelman and Morehouse’s own historical record, as archival imagery from the 1920s to 1950s inform the styles which are modeled by students, faculty, and alumni.
Wall Street Journal
April 1, 2022
An MVP of American style, the letterman has taken some strange turns since it first hit the field. How fashion brands became the new ‘teams,’ and the many ways to wear the jackets now.

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UNLV Football players entering Allegiant Stadium
Campus News | May 2, 2022

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Campus News | March 7, 2022

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Campus News | December 30, 2021

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