The Richard Blackwell Gallery

Current Exhibition: June 2 – December 15, 2017

The Allure of the Moroccan Caftan


The Moroccan caftan is a practical garment that has evolved over centuries. In the last twenty years it has exploded onto Morocco’s high fashion scene. This colorful exhibition traces how history, geography, craftsmanship, national pride, and tradition have contributed to the caftan’s contemporary allure.

Thursday Evening Lecture Series - November 16, 2017

Marcella Wells, Ph,D. presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into her vision and development of the current exhibition The Allure of the Moroccan Caftan -- how does one distill centuries of North African textile heritage and cultural apparel evolution, consider the influence of shifting political sands, incorporate twentieth century French couturier Yves St. Laurent, proofread Arabic, hire a blacksmith (literally), climb the Atlas Mountains (figuratively)... all to tell the short story of the Moroccan caftan in 600 feet of exhibition space? In collaboration with Moroccan traveler and caftan collector Mary Biggers, Dr. Wells, integrated her past travels to Morocco and her experience as an exhibit developer to guest curate this exhibition. Join us as Dr. Wells discusses what she learned along the way… and try on a caftan while you're here!

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Avenir Museum, Classroom 157, 216 East Lake Street, UCA-East building - Campus Map
Cost: FREE and open to the public


Location and Hours

The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is our flagship location, featuring exhibitions from our extensive collection of textile and historic costume artifacts.

  • Location: 216 E. Lake Street, University Center for the Arts-East building - Campus Map
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free; self guided
  • Closed for University Holidays, Fall, Winter and Spring Breaks
  • Contact: (970) 491-1983
  • Parking: There is no dedicated visitor parking for the Avenir Museum. On-street parking is located in the neighborhoods surrounding the University Center for the Arts and the Avenir Museum.

Past Exhibitions

  • Spring 2017 - Garden Party
  • Fall 2016 – Evolution of a Colorado Clothing Designer
  • Spring 2016 – Mr Blackwell: 'artist of subtle witchery'