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

Once upon a time, when you complimented someone’s skirt or dress, there was a solid chance she’d reply with, “Thanks, it has pockets!” These days, you’re more likely to be met with a different response, or rather a correction: “Thanks, it’s actually a skort.”
Even though Karen Read did not testify in her Massachusetts trial for allegedly killing her boyfriend, her body language and reactions throughout past two months can tell a larger story, according to experts.
Washington Post
When Garrett Spence was in middle school, back in the early 2000s, he made the same appeal to his mom year after year at Christmas: Could she please, in her annual replenishment of his sock and underwear supply, just get him the really short socks? No, not the quarter-length kind that cut a clean, straight line across his ankle an inch or two above his low-tops. Shorter than that. The kind that would be almost entirely obscured by his shoes — crucially, without having to be rolled down.
Bridgerton is back, and Season 3 leading lady Nicola Coughlan is setting the record straight about her waist. The 37-year-old actress, who plays Penelope Featherington on the hit Netflix series, has done a lot of talking about her body since Part 1 of the latest season premiered on May 16. In response to some allegations that her waist was Photoshopped onscreen, she told People that her appearance is actually a result of wearing a corset.

Articles Featuring Deirdre Clemente

Josh Hawkins, UNLV
Campus News | July 3, 2024

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Campus News | May 1, 2024

News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

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Campus News | December 4, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.