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The University of Delaware Historic Costume and Textiles​ Collection was organized in 1971.
Managed by and located in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, the Collection
consists of over 4,000 women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing items, as well as textiles
from the 18th through the 21st centuries.

​​Salvatore Ferragamo.​ Gifts of Joan Hutten. (L to R): 2010.094AB, 2010.068AB, 2010.074AB, 2010.066AB, 2010.054AB, 2010.072AB, 2010.070AB, 2010.081AB.


​The University of Delaware Historic Costume and Textiles Collection seeks to provide
opportunities for hands-on experiential learning and research to promote the understanding
and appreciation of dress 
as an expression of human creativity, values, and personal identity,
a source of technological innovation, 
and a venue of global economic activity. The Collection
seeks to share its results with audiences both within and beyond the University community.

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  • Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8714
  • United States Fashion Industry Association