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

March 26, 2020
When you no longer have to adhere to an office dress code, how best to present yourself when working from home can be tricky.
Báo Dân Việt
March 20, 2020
Feminism is defined as a collection of movements or ideologies aimed at identifying, building and protecting equal rights for women. As a far-reaching aspect, feminism has an impact on fashion. Throughout the history of feminism, women have used them as a tool to claim equality, playing an important role in breaking the boundaries of gender.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 6, 2020
'I’m 61. Why wear a suit?' Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot says
February 27, 2020
The turtleneck has long been a symbol of subversion and appropriated power for women. From a turtleneck-clad Jo Stockton jumping into a beatnik dance in a smoky bar in Funny Face, to Shiv Roy's "I will destroy you" turtlenecks on Succession, this garment, which was originally sported primarily by men, has allowed women to inhabit male-coded traits of self-sufficiency and swaggering authority.

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Campus NewsFebruary 18, 2020
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UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
PeopleDecember 27, 2019
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Campus NewsNovember 1, 2019
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Campus NewsSeptember 25, 2019
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