The North Carolina Museum of History boasts an extensive collection of formalwear created by famed Raleigh designer Willie Otey Kay (1894–1992). When a 2014 museum social media post featured one of Kay’s creations, an outpouring of public interest prompted staff to create a temporary exhibit of Kay’s designs that would also explore the social context of her life and work.

Made Especially for You by Willie Kay brought together Kay’s family, former clients, and acquaintances, and introduced new generations to her story.

Visit (or revisit) the physical exhibit (2016) →