The Fabric of History: Historic Costume Collection Now Online


Fashion Merchandising in the College of Fine Arts now hosts an on online exhibit of its historic costume collection. The garments have not been available previously to the general public.

“Students who take the fashion merchandising elective course put together mini exhibits from the TCU Historic Costume Collection,” Instructor Stephanie Bailey said.

Stephanie Bailey stands among racks of historic costumes

Stephanie Bailey

For in-person visitors, the page will be accessible through a QR code that leads to more information about the pieces and the collection in general. A long-term goal is to have every piece in the collection available online for research.

In the meantime, viewers can enjoy hundreds of pieces, dating back to the 1800s. One of Bailey’s favorite pieces is from the 1950s.

“All of the shaping is in intricate pleats, which release into a large, full skirt for the triangular silhouette of that time period,” Bailey said. “I appreciate the construction technique used to make that design.”

For those interested in donating to the TCU Historic Costume Collection, contact Stephanie Bailey to see if the item is a good fit for the collection.

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