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.

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Woman's Dress Suit by Guy LaRoche

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This is a material culture analysis, using Fleming’s Artifact Study Model, of a shift dress with a matching jacket from the University of Rhode…

Woman's Sweater Vest by Perry Ellis


This sweater vest is royal blue and features a narrow cable down the short center front. The vest is cropped to end at the natural waist. It has a…

Woman's Sweater by Zandra Rhodes

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Zandra Rhodes (b. 1940) is something of an icon. She has been a part of the fashion world for the past fifty-plus years and has transformed the way…

Woman's Gown by Arnold Scaasi

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Arnold Scaasi (1930-2015) donated this evening gown, used in his 1991 Autumn/Winter show, to the Historic Textile and Costume Collection in 1997. This…