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