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The Textile Collection

The Design Center houses the University’s extensive historical textile and fashion collection. The collection—which includes 200,000 items—is a nationally recognized resource for the study of American, European and non-Western textiles from the first century AD to the present. It is also the only comprehensive repository of 19th- and 20th-century industrial fabric samples in the United States, documenting a broad range of styles and techniques, and serving as a critical resource for research on American commercial and industrial design. Access to the collection is available through class tours and individual or industry-related research. The textile collection and The Design Center are intended to be collaborative, developing partnerships through academia and industry.