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Costume and Textile Collection

The Textile and Costume Collection at Philadelphia University represents the history of Philadelphia and American textile design over the centuries and much more. With holdings ranging from Coptic textiles of the 1st to 9th centuries and 20th century haute couture, the collection comprises an invaluable research and learning tool for students, researchers, and industry professionals.

The collection is housed in the Goldie Paley House, a 1955 Hollywood rancher designed by architect Earle Bolton, Jr. Known as The Design Center at Philadelphia University, this historic home houses both the collection and various exhibitions throughout the year.

Dress by Traina-Norell, 1950s

Hat by Henri Bendel, Mid-Century

Dress by Adrian, 1940s

Grenadine by David and Dash

Old Spice Talcum Folding Fan, 1939

Hat by Monsieur X, Mid-Century

Swatch from the Zane Collection, 1883

Hat by Hattie Carnegie, Mid-Century

Swatch from the Zane Collection, 1906