The Quinn Hall Textile Gallery is opening February 8, 2022

What’s In A [Designer] Name?

An Investigation of Twentieth-Century Fashion Labels

Curated and mounted by students, the research was done by students from TMD 570 - Material Culture: 20th c. Fashion Designers during the Spring 2021 semester. The exhibit was installed by students in TMD 548 - Exhibition and Storage of Historic Textiles. Garments include dresses from Liberty of London and Ungaro, suits from Chanel and Balenciago, a three-piece ensemble dating to the 1930s by Hattie Carnegie, a YSL Rive Gauche jacket, and a sequined gown by Tom and Linda Platt.

All of the student papers are included on this omeka site in the Collection titled "Twentieth-Century Fashion Designers."

Thanks to the Costume Society of America, Northeast Region for sponsoring this exhibit

The Quinn Hall Gallery is located on the first floor of Quinn Hall, 55 Lower College Road, Kingston,RI. 

Recent Exhibit 


Dress as Multi-Dimensional Cultural Documents

The garments on display in this exhibit represent clothing identified with the various ethnic groups represented in the U.S.  By examining the relationship between ethnicity with dress, viewers gain an awareness and appreciation of the kaleidoscope of ethnicity that makes up our population and conceivably the experiences of those who have immigrated to the United States. Viewers will also be introduced to the technical study and professional practice of clothing and textiles presented in the conservation projects of our students.

This exhibition could not have been created without the help of  the URI Center for the Humanities for the grant that supported the installation of this  exhibition. Thanks also to the URI Alumni Association for their support.


Previous Exhibits

"One American Family - A Tale of North and South" 2019

“Feminism and Fashion of the Twentieth Century”    2018

“125th anniversary of the founding of URI”     2016

“Director’s Choice from the Historic Textile and Costume Collection”    2015

“The Rise of the Readymade Apparel Industry”     2014

“The Other White Dress”     2014

“I Do. Wedding Fashion 1749 to 1975”     2013

“From Kitchen to Kitsch: Aprons from the Seventeenth Century to the Present”     2011/2012

“Heritage Preserved: Five Rhode Island Families”     2010

“Elephants, Paisleys, and Plaids: Indian Influence on Western Textile Design”    2009

“Reflections of Modernism: Textiles from the Tirocchi Dressmakers’ Shop, 1915-1947”   2008

“Keep Me Warm”     2008

“China: the Power of Design”     2007

“Fashion with a Flourish: Embellishments From 1850-1940”     2007

“Undress: At-Home Wear Through the Centuries”     2006

“These are a few of my favorite things”  Faculty and Staff Choices     2006

“Purple: Celebrating 150 Years of Synthetic Dyes”     2006

“Nature’s Dyes: Clothing and Textiles From Around the Globe”     2005/2006

“History in Stitches. Six Centuries of Embroidery”     2005

“At the Crossing: Midwestern Amish Crib Quilts and the Intersection of Cultures”     2004

“American Woven “Coverlids” Coverlets from the Historic Textile and Costume Collection"     2004

“What We Wore: Clothing from 1976-79”     2003

“Lace: the Elegant Fabric”     2003

“From Exotica into Americana”     2003

“Dan Cooper”     2002

“Silk”     2001

"Geometrics in Fashion: Art Deco Influence on Textile and Apparel Design"     2001

“Tissues of Dreams: Dressmaker Patterns”     1999

“Threads of History”     Inaugural Exhibit 1999