Drexel University Costume Collection


Evening gown (detail)
Evening Gown Detail, Drexel Historic Costume Collection
Circa 1912, France
DHCC, 54.1.282
Gift from the Estate of Minnie Drexel Fell Cassatt

Drexel University Costume Collection


“The elaborate costume collection at Drexel University is housed in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. This website brings together archival data and detailed graphics culled from the collection. The hope is that fashion and textile design students, fashion professionals, historic costume scholars, and followers of fashion trends will be able to use these materials to inform their own work. Visitors can use the Search section to look over 3D panoramas and detailed bibliographic records by designer, category, decade, or fabric. It is definitely worth looking at the velvet and wool items under the fabric heading. Design detectives can use the Mystery area to look over items that are a mystery to the researchers here – if they have any clues, they are encouraged to pass them along. Finally, the Digital Gallery area has some fine views of past shows by Geoffrey Beene that appeared on campus.”


The Museum at FIT – A great new visual resource for those researching costume and fashion history

Romper – Claire McCardell
1952-53 Resort

As Kareemah mentioned in the last post, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has indeed relaunched their online collection. Wow! What a stunner it is, and useful, too.

Researchers can browse by century and decade, and those wishing to focus on Menswear or Accessories can do so easily. The object records include fields regarding the designer, manufacturer, the date/season, the medium, and provenance, as well as a concise descriptive paragraph – all of which make this online collection eminently easy to search.

Bonnie Cashin Sketch
– “Little Beetle” suit

Other visual resources available to the public from the Fashion Institute of Technology include some newly digitized designer clippings files (Chanel, Schiaparelli and Adrian) and images from the FIT Special Collections and Archives (SPARC).  Clipping files and images from SPARC can both be found in FITDIL (chose the option to log in as guest), SPARC images can also be found on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/people/fitspecialcollections/


New Submissions Requested: FTC SIG Blog Banner

As you know, I hope to update our blog banner with a new illustration every 3 months.  Our latest banner went up this month, so I’m looking for a new banner to post in the Fall.  Do you know any fashion illustrators – professional illustrators, faculty, students, or FTC SIG members –  who might be interested in sharing their creative work with our group?  In exchange, they’d get the glory of being in the ARLIS FTC SIG spotlight, as well as being able to include an artist’s biography.  Please send me your suggestions by responding to this post, or via e-mail.

Thanks so much!

Sandra Ley (FTC SIG Moderator)


Where Fashion Meets Technology

I just discovered there is a Meetup.com group entitled FASHION+TECH which has chapters in New York and San Francisco.

From their bio: “Our mission is to create educational, social and business opportunities for the fashion and technology industries.”

While it appears to be more entrepreneurial-oriented than the academic environments most of us occupy, I still thought it might garner some interest here in ARLISFTC.

After all, with digitization on the rise (cf. last year’s release of the Berg Fashion Library), we are indisputably invested in both worlds. Which is really pretty exciting!