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

January 3, 2022
Suffice it to say, wardrobes have changed in the last two years, and not in the way fashion trends normally change. The pandemic has shifted the way people approach clothing.
Press From
November 29, 2021
"Show us your ring!" It's a phrase that couples often get asked after getting engaged, and for good reason.
Chicago Booth Review
November 18, 2021
Our automatic assumptions are laden with gender bias.
Fashionista
November 9, 2021
The pill-free cashmere is just a start.

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Campus News | December 30, 2021

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Research | November 29, 2021

The Walking Box Ranch is a direct link to the world of 1930s Hollywood glamor and a vital resource for UNLV's students of historic preservation.

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Campus News | October 7, 2021

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Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.