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Textile Gallery

The Gallery was opened in 1999 after several years of fundraising and renovation of the space. It serves as a showcase for items from the Department's Historic Textile and Costume Collection

Developing the exhibits (currently 2-3 per year) is an invaluable experience for the Department's Graduate Students as they work towards careers in Museums, Historical Societies and Conservation Labs.

The Gallery's inaugural exhibition was "Threads of History"

Left to right: Fortuny fabric, imitation Fortuny dress, printed silk dress by Emilio Pucci, and evening dress by Arnold Scassi.
Nineteenth-century garments from the collection.


Current Exhibit:

From Kitchen to Kitsch: Aprons from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

Previous Exhibits:

China: the Power of Design

From Exotica into Americana

What We Wore: Clothing from 1976-79

Lace: the Elegant Fabric

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

American Woven "Coverlids": Coverlets from the Historic Textile and Costume Collection

"History in Stitches": Six Centuries of Embroidery

Nature's Dyes: Textiles From Around the Globe

Purple: Celebrating 150 Years of Synthetic Dyes

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