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 Cherokee Alphabet Pant Suit by Frankie Welch

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This suit is part of the Frankie Welch archive in the University of Rhode Island’s Historic Textile and Costume Collection (URI HTCC). The inventory…

Woman's Cocktail Dress, Ceil Chapman

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Ceil Chapman (nee Cecilia Mitchell, 1912-1979) worked in New York City as a designer during the 1940s through the 1960s. After working on Fifth Avenue…

Woman's gown by Tom and Linda Platt

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Paige Bailey, graduate student in the Master's program of the Dept. of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, reached out to Tom and Linda Platt…

Woman's Ultrasuede Dress by Halston

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Roy Halston Frowick (1932-1990) began his design career as a free-lance milliner in Chicago in the early 1950s. During this time he adopted the use of…