Exhibit "RN: The Past, Present and Future of the Nurses' Uniform"

Nurses Activism


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RN: The Past, Present and Future of the Nurses' Uniform

October 3, 2003 - February 14, 2004


This exhibition is presented in association with the Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Mark Dion and J. Morgan Puett will collaborate with The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) to present a compelling look at the history and future of the nursing uniform. RN: The Past, Present and Future of the Nurses' Uniform investigates the often subtle ways in which the uniform, by design, informs notions of identity, professional hierarchy and labor within the field. The exhibition addresses the past, present and future of the nurses' uniform by combining historical artifacts with the artists' creation of the Ideal Nurses' Uniform for the contemporary nurse and futuristic uniforms such as Bioterrorism Nurse, Diagnostic Nurse, Post-Apocalyptic Nurse, and Intergalactic Nurse designed by the artists

More info re event:


All FWM exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public. Hours: Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat., 12 noon to 4 p.m.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

1315 Cherry Street

5th and 6th Floors

Philadelphia, PA 19107-2026


215.568.8211 fax

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I live a mightly long way from PA so won't make the show...

I am very glad to see your post on this because I am very interested in Nursing Uniforms for the future because I really don't like scrubs all that much. I would really like to have workwear that looks nice on my figure and doesn't make patients have to guess if i am from radiology, the kitchen, the environmental service department, the lab, the Information Technology department or WOW, their nurse...

I have been researching on the internet extensively what the future (hopefully near future) of uniforms/workwear will be but have come up empty handed... so the search goes on... does anyone know any clothes designers?

let me know if any of you have any ideas...


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