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Costume and Textile Collection

Welcome to Philadelphia University’s Textile and Costume Collection online! This website offers access to many of the objects that are available for in-person study and inspiration at The Design Center through our three distinct digital resources: Artstor’s SharedShelf, PhilaU's Tapestry application, and our tumblr blog. 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, scholars, 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, curated exhibitions and student design shows, as well as classes.

With the Textile and Costume Collection, PhilaU students across the design disciplines have access to museum-quality garments, accessories, and textiles as sources of design inspiration for the modern-day design and product-development process.

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