1. What if I want to donate something to the TFC?
If possible, please make a digital image or photograph and send it along with any pertinent information to the attention of Assistant Curator Dawn Figueroa. Information may include history of the garment, who wore it, the label or designer information and why it will make a good addition to the TFC.
Shipping address (UPS, FedEx):
405 S. Welch Street, Ste. 102
University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
Standard mail (USPS):
1155 Union Circle # 305100
Denton, TX 76203.
2. What if I have too many items to photograph?
You may request a personal appointment with the curator to view the items to be considered. Time and date is subject to scheduling, so please plan ahead by at least three weeks.
3. Will a decision be made immediately?
No. The curator may take the items on temporary loan back to the TFC for evaluation. This does not mean they are accepted automatically. Please understand that there are space limitations for storage. While the TFC will not be able to take on the responsibility of everything that is offered, there are alternative organizations available that may be willing to accept the items.
4. How soon will the paperwork be processed?
Timing will vary due to the size and complexity of the donation. The process is not complete until the donor has signed a Receipt of Gift form and returned it to the TFC. This becomes the deed of gift and a contract between the TFC and the donor who agrees to transfer ownership of the listed objects.
5. Will I get a tax deduction for my donation to the TFC?
Curators are not appraisers nor can we assign values to any objects offered for consideration as it would be a conflict of interest. If you wish to seek the advice of an appraiser, they usually charge around $75 per hour to make a formal assessment of the value. They prefer to view the actual objects, which may include travel expenses. An appraiser will research each item and describe it as well as determine the market value of the object. Their time can add up, so please be prepared. The TFC refers appraisals to: Caralee Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-560-9064 .
6. Does the Texas Fashion Collection purchase clothing offered by individuals?
The TFC has limited accession funds available. If a purchase is made by the curator, it is often through a vintage clothing dealer for a specific item.
7. Does the Texas Fashion Collection accept monetary contributions?
Contributions to the Texas Fashion Collection are made through the College of Visual Arts and Design. To make a monetary donation online or by mail, click here.
For greater involvement in the work of the TFC, join the Dress Circle. With an annual contribution of $500 or more, you can become a Dress Circle member with access to:
- Exclusive opportunities to host intimate gatherings at the Fashion on Main Gallery in Dallas.
- Private tour for a group of 10 of the Texas Fashion Collection at UNT in Denton
- VIP seating at ArtWear, the professionally juried fashion show of designs by UNT fashion design students, held each spring on the UNT campus.
- Insider news and invitations to special events in support of Fashion on Main, Dallas’ only gallery dedicated to the art of fashion.
Help promote the art of fashion in Texas by considering a contribution to the Texas Fashion Collection!