Historic Textile and Costume Collection

The mission of the Historic Textile and Costume Collection supports teaching in the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, as well as other departments on campus; encourages research by students, faculty, and visiting scholars; and provides artifacts for use in class, exhibitions in the Textile Gallery, and loans at other museums.

Recently Added Items

Woman's' Evening Dress with Matching Shoes

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This dress with matching shoes was donated to the university in 1984 by John Pierrepont Sturges (1912-2001) and his wife Alice Challifoux Ellsworth…

Two Woman's Blouses by Christian Dior
Virevolte Collection

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Dominating post-World War II fashion, the House of Christian Dior set a precedent that still carries its legacy today. Christian Dior (1905-1957)…

Woman's Dress from Liberty

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This peacock blue dress is from the Liberty department store in London, England. Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917) began his career in fashion at…

Woman's Dress by Hattie Carnegie

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This dress was given to the University of Rhode Island prior to the establishment of the Historic Textile and Costume Collection. Information…