Admiring the Texas Fashion Collection Historical Archive of Fashion Design & History in Dallas, TX

Admiring the Texas Fashion Collection Historical Archive of Fashion Design & History in Dallas, TX

Have you ever wondered about the story behind a fashion garment? Who made it? When was it made and what inspired them to make it? Clothing has been a necessary art since the beginning of time but how a fashion garment becomes exquisitely worthy of being archived is the story and reasoning behind the construction of the garment. Fashion can truly tell a story if you’re willing to listen and admire it from all angles. If you’re interested in discovering a fashion time capsule that has been collecting garments for decades, you will love the Texas Fashion Collection in Dallas, housing high fashion and styles dating all the way back to the 1930s.


Balenciaga evening gown waistline.
Sourced from Texas Fashion Collective Facebook Page


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Black toe boxes with pattern bragging by Salvatore Ferragamo. Photo sourced from Texas Fashion Collection FB

The Texas Fashion Collection is an archive with over 20,000 historical garments and accessories spanning about 250 years of fashion history. Founded in 1938 by Stanley and Edward Marcus to pay tribute and honor to their aunt Carrie Marcus Neiman, it later merged with the Fashion Group of Dallas, who had created the Dallas Museum of Fashion at the Apparel Mart in the early nineteen-sixties. Through this merge, the entire collection was donated in 1972, and housed at the University of North Texas, UNT Denton campus, through the College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD) and is overseen by Annette Becker, following Myra Walker’s tenure starting in 1987.


Givenchy archived pieces being arranged by UNT student for a photoshoot. Photo sourced by Texas Fashion Collection FB

As the college of art and design, this historical collection is primarily available to researchers and students primarily artists, designers, engineers, historians, and sociologists. The overall mission of this non-profit enterprise is to preserve the essence of the garments and pay tribute to the many people who donated their fashion pieces in hopes of their history and legacy to carry on. With every stitch, hemline, and accessory that make its way to the collection, the material tells the evolution of fashion culture that once lived and sets to inspire even today’s looks and trends. Many garments of this collection range from hand-stitched apparel made in the living rooms of homes, to couture gowns from Paris that patrons flew in just to get a custom fit from a true couturier.


Prospective UNT College of Visual Arts + Design students.
Photo sourced from Texas Fashion Collective FB

Hung just like art pieces from ceiling to floor, the essence of every garment is handled with care and pays homage to the artistry of each designer who lives on through the present and even well into the future. If you are interested in visiting, the Texas Fashion Collective is located at the University of North Texas Welch Street Complex 1 405 S. Welch Street, Suite 102 Denton, TX 76201. To stay in the know, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram and stay tuned for more fashion news from your #1 advocate for Texas Fashion News, StyleLushTV.com


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Kaia is a Trendsetter Member of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative currently learning about online fashion media and content creation through its mentorship opportunity. A fashion and music entrepreneur who is local at heart with an international outlook, Kaia Dublin is a Texas digital influencer, and fashion blogger who enjoys expressing herself with trendy-chic looks for the women on the go! Kaia also has a background in behavior health, working with children and families with special needs. Most recently she has been modeling and styling campaigns for her local fashion community and enjoys her position with Style Lush TV as their Fashion Services Coordinator.