Dr. Paul Reinhardt served the University of Texas at Austin for 28 years as a professor and student advisor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, during which time he also served as head of the department's costume design program, supervisor of the costume construction shop and curator of the historical clothing collection.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tulsa, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre History and Costume from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Doctorate in Theatre History from the University of Iowa. Dr. Reinhardt was a student of Lucy Barton and B. Iden Payne, and was a colleague of many theatre luminaries, including Oscar Brockett, Angus Bowmer, Douglas Russell, and Alvina Krause. He was one of the leading authorities on the history of clothing and design, with many published articles and countless public lectures on costume history, costume design, period movement for actors, and the history of “blue jeans” (his specialty) to his credit. This exhibit is curated by Beth Kerr, Theatre, Dance, and Music Liaison Librarian.