Awesome Fashion from the WTW Vaults

So in preparation for our upcoming 30th Anniversary Art Party, we’ve been sifting through all our old Women & Their Work slides. Yes, slides–you know, one of those pre-Flickr archival methods. Revisiting the past, we’ve unearthed treasure after treasure and we will be periodically posting these nuggets for you to enjoy as we approach our 30th. Of course, we unearthed some fantastic artwork and stories to share with you, but it also bears mention that there have been some awesome fashion moments in Women & Their Work’s history. Take a trip down memory lane with us and marvel at the sartorial spendidness! (Oh, and many of the subjects of these pictures are unknown to us, so if you recognize yourself or a friend, let us know.)


Though these two look like the latest Vice Magazine DO’s, they were in fact part of the crowd at a 1979 Women & Their Work opening. How tough is that red sock/white shoe combo?!


Even in a casual moment, our founding foremother Rita Starpattern communicated an ineffable style.


Sherry Smith works it in shades of Diane Keaton, while husband Bill Allison sports the requisite 70’s facial hair. (Sherry made this outfit herself!)


Elegant chamber music, deadly heels.


Rita Starpattern holds court amidst serious discussion and relaxed fashion circa ’80.


Don’t you wish you were there? And if you were there, shoot us an e-mail! We’d love to share your memories of Women & Their Work from the past 30 years.


About Women and Their Work Gallery

Known for its pioneering spirit, embrace of artistic innovation, and commitment to Texas audiences and artists, Women & Their Work Art Space is a one of a kind statewide non-profit organization. Voted “Best Gallery” numerous times in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, Women & Their Work Gallery showcases exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the year and presents performances, readings, film screenings and educational outreach programs.
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3 Responses to Awesome Fashion from the WTW Vaults

  1. jose says:

    i love the women and thier work

  2. Anniey says:

    The stripey-dress outfit in the first shot is fierce… and i think it’s funny that the 2nd-to-last shot, of Rita having serious talks, looks just like what happens here in savannah when we gather to talk seriously… much like texas it just gets too darn hot to be formal!

  3. Pingback: From the WTW Vaults: Dance Fashion Edition! « Sister Space

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