Texas Fashion Collection

Texas Fashion Collection The Texas Fashion Collection (TFC) is a unique repository documenting high fashion and style. Operating under the auspices of the College of Visual Arts and Design, the TFC is one of the most acclaimed educational resources at the University of North TX.
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Operating under the auspices of the College of Visual Arts and Design, the TFC is one of the most acclaimed educational resources at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Operating under the auspices of the College of Visual Arts and Design, the TFC is one of the most acclaimed educational resources at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Mission: The Texas Fashion Collection is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and documentation of historically significant fashion. The collection is an educational resource for students, researchers, and the general public.

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James Galanos masterfully manipulates this striped fabric, employing both wide and narrow patterns, emphasizing the widt...
02/18/2021

James Galanos masterfully manipulates this striped fabric, employing both wide and narrow patterns, emphasizing the width of the sleeve cuffs with vertical stripes, and employing pleats to highlight the linearity of the pattern. #JamesGalanos #AmericanFashionDesign #FashionDesign #StripedFabric #StripedDress #FashionHistory #AmericanFashionHistory #TexasFashionCollection

A delightful tongue-in-cheek dress by Penelope Gazin for Fashion Brand Company, this knit dress plays on kitschy printed...
02/16/2021

A delightful tongue-in-cheek dress by Penelope Gazin for Fashion Brand Company, this knit dress plays on kitschy printed garments that playfully offer suggestions of what the garments conceal, a trompe l'oeil joke! #FashionBrandCompany #PenelopeGazin #Knitwear #FashionHistory #BikiniBody #TrompeLOeil #TexasFashionCollection

The dynamic silhouette skims effortlessly over the wearer's body but is accomplished with a series of fastenings to anch...
02/16/2021

The dynamic silhouette skims effortlessly over the wearer's body but is accomplished with a series of fastenings to anchor it in place. Under a cummerbund with hook-and-eye closures, we find a waist stay closest to the body, then self-covered buttons and a snap, an internal zipper, and hooks-and-eyes on the skirt. #PaulLouiseOrrier #FashionHistory #EightiesFashionHistory #Pastel #EveningDress #FashionDesign #FashionConstruction #TexasFashionCollection

When Mrs. Richard W. Griffin donated this outfit, she noted it was worn by her father around 1884, when he was just thre...
02/12/2021

When Mrs. Richard W. Griffin donated this outfit, she noted it was worn by her father around 1884, when he was just three or four years old. How does this compare to the clothing you wore as a child? #Childrenswear #HistoryofChildhood #ChildrensHistory #ChildrenswearHistory #FashionHistory #NineteenthCenturyFashionHistory #1800sHistory #Embroidery #TexasFashionCollection

Each of the nearly 6000 UNT Libraries Digital Library records for TFC artifacts requires writing descriptions and enteri...
02/12/2021

Each of the nearly 6000 UNT Libraries Digital Library records for TFC artifacts requires writing descriptions and entering information about the designer, donor, manufacturer, and more. Today Clarissa, a UNT Library Science graduate student who is working on her practicum at the TFC this semester, published her first of many records! Check out this and other records at:

https://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/TXFC/

Strategic cutouts and a flared skirt make a dynamic combination, a demonstration of the feminine and empowered approach ...
02/11/2021

Strategic cutouts and a flared skirt make a dynamic combination, a demonstration of the feminine and empowered approach to the body taken by former design partners Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs. #CushnieEtOchs #CarlyCushnie #MichelleOchs #BlackFashionDesigner #BlackExcellence #BlackHistoryMonth #FashionHistory #2014 #TexasFashionCollection

A play on traditional pinstripe menswear suits, this Patrick Kelly ensemble from his final collection adds a heavy dose ...
02/08/2021

A play on traditional pinstripe menswear suits, this Patrick Kelly ensemble from his final collection adds a heavy dose of fun. Check out the novelty dice buttons, a bevy of pockets, and blouse coordinated to match the jacket's lining in an inverted colorway! #PatrickKelly #SpringSummer1989 #EightiesFashion #EightiesStyle #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackExcellence #BlackFashionDesigner #NoveltyPrint #RollOfTheDice #FashionDesign #PinstripeSuit #BlackAndWhite #FashionHistory #TexasFashionCollection

Celebrating the rectangular shape of panels of woven fabric, this 1984 Issey Miyake ensemble employs a straight neckline...
02/06/2021

Celebrating the rectangular shape of panels of woven fabric, this 1984 Issey Miyake ensemble employs a straight neckline that drapes at the center, a strong horizontal overlay at the blouse's waistline, and a draped panel at the skirt's side, showing the shape of the fabric when unsupported by a body. #IsseyMiyake #JapaneseFashion #JapaneseFashionHistory #EightiesFashion #1980s #1984 #FashionHistory #TexasFashionCollection

A celebration of subtlety, this Ralph Rucci suit uses monochromatic materials to draw attention to details like darts at...
02/04/2021

A celebration of subtlety, this Ralph Rucci suit uses monochromatic materials to draw attention to details like darts at the neckline, bullion stitches along the waistline, and a dramatic barrel-shaped silhouette. #RalphRucci #AmericanFashionHistory #FashionHistory #Monochromatic #BlackOnBlack #2000sFashion #TexasFashionCollection

Black and white creates bold contrast, which designers from throughout history have employed to great effect!  Check out...
02/03/2021

Black and white creates bold contrast, which designers from throughout history have employed to great effect! Check out these examples of contrasting lapels and collars from Coco Chanel (1960), Oscar de la Rent (1993), Hubert de Givenchy (1970s), Norman Norell (1948), an unknown designer (1930s), and Hannah Troy (1960s). #FashionHistory #BlackAndWhite #Lapels #FashionDesign #TwentiethCenturyFashion #TexasFashionCollection

While this sailor-inspired hat employs fabric with a rigid grid of dots, the pattern's placement and angles around the h...
02/03/2021

While this sailor-inspired hat employs fabric with a rigid grid of dots, the pattern's placement and angles around the hat's brim and crown create a surprising amount of movement! #SixtiesStyle #SixtiesFashion #1960s #Millinery #MillineryHistory #HatHistory #FashionHistory #BlackAndWhite #PolkaDots #TexasFashionCollection

The Dallas-based Page Boy Maternity Company created some of the first and most fashionable clothing for pregnant bodies....
02/01/2021

The Dallas-based Page Boy Maternity Company created some of the first and most fashionable clothing for pregnant bodies. This late 1960s dress features a stylish short length, fun fringe at the hem and cuffs, and bold houndstooth fabric - which on the bodice is on the grain, turned 90 degrees on the crossgrain, and turned 45 degrees on the bias for a belt with some stretch. #Houndstooth #BlackAndWhite #Maternity #MaternityDress #PageBoyMaternity #HistoryofPregnancy #FashionHistory #AmericanFashionHistory #DallasFashion #TexasFashionCollection

This striking silhouette is created with a figure-hugging strapless dress complemented by a cropped jacket, its narrow s...
01/30/2021

This striking silhouette is created with a figure-hugging strapless dress complemented by a cropped jacket, its narrow sleeves and high, off-the-shoulder collar accented by a faux flower at the bust. #OscarDeLaRenta #1994 #NinetiesFashion #NinetiesDress #1990s #BlackAndWhite #EveningDress #PolkaDots #AmericanFashion #AmericanFashionHistory #FashionHistory #TexasFashionCollection

Through its innovative use of textiles, this 1959 ensemble won Pauline Trigere the American Cotton Council's annual awar...
01/29/2021

Through its innovative use of textiles, this 1959 ensemble won Pauline Trigere the American Cotton Council's annual award. Check out the repeating pattern formed with supplemental weft threads running horizontally through the grid of the woven fabric! #PaulineTrigere #CottonAward #AmericanCottonCouncil #AmericanFashion #AmericanFashionHistory #FashionHistory #BlackAndWhite #DressEnsemble #Geometry #TextileDesign #Weaving #TexasFashionCollection

This cocoon-style Givenchy coat offers an unusually voluminous silhouette, perhaps an homage to the designer's silhouett...
01/28/2021

This cocoon-style Givenchy coat offers an unusually voluminous silhouette, perhaps an homage to the designer's silhouette-forward mentor Cristobal Balenciaga. #HubertDeGivenchy #HauteCouture #FrenchFashion #FrenchFashionHistory #EightiesFashion #BlackAndWhite #CocoonCoat #TexasFashionCollection

1950s nylon gloves accented with a sweeping arch and row of mother of pearl buttons.  The buttons are decorative rather ...
01/26/2021

1950s nylon gloves accented with a sweeping arch and row of mother of pearl buttons. The buttons are decorative rather than functional, and the asymmetrical holes drilled into the shell add interest to these monochromatic, elegant gloves. #Gloves #GloveHistory #FiftiesFashion #FiftiesStyle #1950s #Monochromatic #MotherOfPearl #TexasFashionCollection

Mother of pearl buttons glimmer on light-absorbing black linen, Todd Oldham's homage to the historic Pearly Kings and Qu...
01/25/2021

Mother of pearl buttons glimmer on light-absorbing black linen, Todd Oldham's homage to the historic Pearly Kings and Queens who wore attention-grabbing ensembles bedecked with the shimmering buttons to attract attention to their charitable fundraising efforts. #PearlyKingsAndQueens #ToddOldham #FashionHistory #MotherOfPearl #Buttons #AmericanFashionHistory #BritishFashionHistory #DressForACause #BlackAndWhite #SurfaceDesign #TexasFashionCollection

The muted elegance of Chantilly lace is balanced by the gleaming irregularity and lightness of the mother-of-pearl stick...
01/22/2021

The muted elegance of Chantilly lace is balanced by the gleaming irregularity and lightness of the mother-of-pearl sticks and guards of this 1890s fan. #NineteenthCenturyFashion #1890s #FinDeSiecle #FinDeSiecleFashion #FashionHistory #MotherOfPearl #AccessoriesHistory #TexasFashionCollection

A balanced swirl of black and white, this 1990 Arnold Scaasi dress creates the illusion of weightlessly draped fabric se...
01/21/2021

A balanced swirl of black and white, this 1990 Arnold Scaasi dress creates the illusion of weightlessly draped fabric secured only with a black bow at the waistline. #ArnoldScaasi #1990 #NinetiesFashion #NinetiesStyle #BlackAndWhite #FashionHistory #AmericanFashionHistory #CocktailDress #TexasFashionCollection

The dueling patterns in this graphic fabric become even more dizzying when interrupted by wide pleats, a typical design ...
01/19/2021

The dueling patterns in this graphic fabric become even more dizzying when interrupted by wide pleats, a typical design feature of menswear cummerbunds. #MemphisMenswear #Cummerbund #OpArt #TextileManipulation #BlackAndWhite #Menswear #MenswearHistory #TexasFashionCollection

With ingenious craftsmanship, Nicolas Ghesquière created this reversible coat for Maison Balenciaga in 2006.  Look caref...
01/17/2021

With ingenious craftsmanship, Nicolas Ghesquière created this reversible coat for Maison Balenciaga in 2006. Look carefully to notice design details that shift from one look to the other - the collar transformed, the center front opening manipulated. #NicolasGhesquière #Balenciaga #ReversibleCoat #ReversibleGarment #BlackAndWhite #FashionHistory #FrenchFashionHistory #TexasFashionCollection

Layers of sheer fabric make the spiral motif more dynamic, with the curlicues leaping off the garment in rounded ruffles...
01/15/2021

Layers of sheer fabric make the spiral motif more dynamic, with the curlicues leaping off the garment in rounded ruffles at the shoulder. #GeoffreyBeene #AmericanFashionHistory #FashionHistory #1991 #NinetiesFashion #BlackAndWhite #OpArt #TexasFashionCollection

Playing off a popular mid-century trend, Helena Barbieri celebrated a dynamic print with a dress and coat with a matchin...
01/14/2021

Playing off a popular mid-century trend, Helena Barbieri celebrated a dynamic print with a dress and coat with a matching lining. #HelenaBarbieri #YoungAmericanDeb #AmericanFashionHistory #FashionHistory #BlackAndWhite #FiftiesFashion #1955 #FiftiesStyle #TexasFashionCollection

Carmen Marc Valvo's signature figure-hugging silhouette is accomplished here with delicate silk chiffon tightly controll...
01/12/2021

Carmen Marc Valvo's signature figure-hugging silhouette is accomplished here with delicate silk chiffon tightly controlled through draping and gathering. This textile manipulation distorts the impressionistic dot pattern and balances an hour-glass silhouette with a round cluster of fabric at the hip, a floral accent for a romantic dress. #CarmenMarcValvo #AmericanFashionDesign #FashionHistory #AmericanFashionHistory #EveningDress #DrapedChiffon #TextileManipulation #BlackAndWhite #TexasFashionCollection

This 1985 Gottex beachwear ensemble showcases Israeli designer Lea Gottlieb's affinity for eye-catching, dramatic patter...
01/11/2021

This 1985 Gottex beachwear ensemble showcases Israeli designer Lea Gottlieb's affinity for eye-catching, dramatic patterns. Notice the varied scale of the stripes and the way layers of pattern interact with each other! #Gottex #MrsG #LeaGottlieb #IsraeliFashionDesign #JewishFashionDesign #JewishFashionHistory #Gottex #Beachwear #Swimwear #BathingSuit #SwimmingSuit #EightiesFashion #1980s #FashionHistory #TexasFashionCollection

While the sleeves and covered belt showcase a single layer of patterned fabric, the print is distorted when placed over ...
01/09/2021

While the sleeves and covered belt showcase a single layer of patterned fabric, the print is distorted when placed over a coordinated fabric in the skirt. This dizzying effect is stabilized with a spiral of black and white beads on the bodice, an incredible composition created by Japanese designer Hanae Mori. #HanaeMori #JapaneseFashion #JapaneseFashionHistory #SeventiesStyle #1970s #SeventiesFashion #OpArt #OpticalArt #BlackAndWhite #FashionHistory #TexasFashionCollection

This silk jacquard fabric offers a backdrop of houndstooth, a pattern typically created through weaving.  Another layer ...
01/08/2021

This silk jacquard fabric offers a backdrop of houndstooth, a pattern typically created through weaving. Another layer of houndstooth is printed, along with an irregular black spiral. A ruffled collar and set of ties add to the swirling, rippled black-and-white flurry. #Givenchy #HubertDeGivenchy #HauteCouture #FrenchFashion #FrenchFashionHistory #DayDress #BlackAndWhite #1987 #1980s #EightiesFashion #FashionHistory #TexasFashionCollection

Would you guess that this couture evening dress uses zippers?  The row of non-functioning buttons at the center front di...
01/07/2021

Would you guess that this couture evening dress uses zippers? The row of non-functioning buttons at the center front disguises a functional zipper that holds the internal corset structure to the wearer's body and is long enough to open for the wearer to step into the dress. Oscar de la Renta also included an internal pink zipper that matches the tulle underskirt! #Balmain #OscarDeLaRenta #HauteCouture #FrenchFashion #FashionHistory #EveningDress #BlackDress #Corset #Gathering #Tulle #TexasFashionCollection

This 1985 Geoffrey Beene two-piece dress uses zippers in two ways: at the center front bodice to prominently accent the ...
01/05/2021

This 1985 Geoffrey Beene two-piece dress uses zippers in two ways: at the center front bodice to prominently accent the split neckline and as a hidden closure at the back of the skirt. #Zipper #GeoffreyBeene #AmericanFashionHistory #FashionHistory #EightiesFashion #BlackAndWhite #SilkDress #FloralPrint #TexasFashionHistory

If these buttons were functional, they would be awkward to maneuver and require very large buttonholes.  Instead, French...
01/04/2021

If these buttons were functional, they would be awkward to maneuver and require very large buttonholes. Instead, French designer Hubert de Givenchy uses hook-and-eye closures at the neckline and self-covered snaps underneath the decorative, jeweled buttons. #FrenchFashion #FrenchFashionHistory #HauteCouture #HubertDeGivenchy #Givenchy #MaisonGivenchy #Button #CocktailDress #BlackDress #FashionHistory #TexasFashionCollection

Haute couture pushes the boundaries of textile craftsmanship, here with florals explored in a delicate lace bodice and a...
01/02/2021

Haute couture pushes the boundaries of textile craftsmanship, here with florals explored in a delicate lace bodice and a skirt with layers of carefully created fringe. #OscarDeLaRenta #MaisonBalmain #Balmain #HauteCouture #FrenchFashionHistory #AmericanFashionHistory #FashionHistory #LBD #LittleBlackDress #TexasFashionCollection

This 1969 skirt ensemble by Hubert de Givenchy showcases incredible luxury - a foundation of dense black velvet, unique ...
01/01/2021

This 1969 skirt ensemble by Hubert de Givenchy showcases incredible luxury - a foundation of dense black velvet, unique fringe looped into the textile, precisely balanced silhouette. #HubertDeGivenchy #HauteCouture #FrenchFashion #FashionHistory #SixtiesStyle #Fringe #Textile #TextileManipulation #TexasFashionCollection

With a ballerina-inspired silhouette, this dynamic 2014 Alberta Ferretti dress incorporates feathers splaying away from ...
12/30/2020

With a ballerina-inspired silhouette, this dynamic 2014 Alberta Ferretti dress incorporates feathers splaying away from the wearer's body and delicate streamers trailing behind. Thanks for this recent donation, @fortyfiveten! #AlbertaFerretti #ItalianFashion #Featherwork #FashionHistory #DancerFashion #BlackSwan #BallerinaStyle #TexasFashionCollection

This 1930s evening dress is most likely adorned with sequins made of gelatin colored with lead paint.  Though the thin d...
12/29/2020

This 1930s evening dress is most likely adorned with sequins made of gelatin colored with lead paint. Though the thin disks were lightweight and relatively inexpensive, coming into contact with liquids caused them to dissolve! #GelatinSequin #FashionHistory #ThirtiesFashion #TexasFashionCollection #SequinDress #SequinsDress

Accessories can be dazzling on their own, but remembering their historic context often leads to even greater appreciatio...
12/26/2020

Accessories can be dazzling on their own, but remembering their historic context often leads to even greater appreciation. These bright metallic shoes from the 1920s most likely accompanied some of the first short evening dresses, their elevated hemlines featuring footwear in a new and exciting way! #TwentiesFashion #TwentiesStyle #1920s #FlapperFashion #RoaringTwenties #Metalic #MerryAndBright #FashionHistory #TexasFashion Collection

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Good read by The New York Times. Was reminded of the historical context from yesterday's presentation.
Dear Texas Fashion Collection, Please join the Greater Denton Arts Council for a lecture on September 28 about African textiles: The production of cloth has a long and storied history throughout the African continent. Dr. Jessica Hurd, Fulbright-Hays Scholar and former UNT Professor of African Art History, will discuss innovations in African textiles and the cultural significance of established and emerging practices. Internationally recognized artist Souleymane Ouologuem will start off the evening with a Bɔgɔlan Cloth Dye demonstration. FREE