The Texas Fashion Collection was formed by people with a passion for great design and a love of fashion history. In 1972, the combined collections of the Dallas Museum of Fashion grew to more than 3,000 items when Dr. Edward Mattil, then chairman of the art department, helped transfer ownership and brought the collection to the UNT campus. In 1989, Patti Lou Cobb joined the staff at UNT and instigated museum standards and practices that improved the level of preservation for the collection. In 1993, the university provided a newly renovated building that consolidated the collection into Scoular Hall. A National Endowment for the Arts grant for history and documentation was awarded to the Texas Fashion Collection in 1995. This grant laid the groundwork for the retrospective conversion of the catalog.
Today, over 15,000 objects are housed in a 4,500 square foot climate-controlled space which makes it possible to inventory the collection as a whole for the first time. The Texas Fashion Collection is dedicated to preserving and documenting historically significant fashion, as an educational resource for students, researchers and the general public.
- 4,500 square foot climate-controlled room
- 24-hour video surveillance
- Maintained on a daily basis by curatorial staff, students, and volunteers
- Open storage model, which allows for a small number of visitors
The TFC has limited resources available to purchase items from individuals, dealers, or at auction. Individuals may donate an item of clothing to the TFC or make contributions designated for acquiring new artifacts. For more information about donations, please click here.
The TFC collects 19th and 20th century couture, high fashion, and principal ready-to-wear designs by American and international designers who have designs under their own name or in conjunction with the fashion industry.
Additions to the Collection Must:
- represent a significant design aspect of 19th or 20th century dress for women, men, and children
- not duplicate artifacts already in the collection
- be in pristine to good condition with no damage
- be well documented as to the garment’s origin
The TFC does not accept:
- military, scout, or nursing uniforms
- theatrical, Halloween, or performing arts costumes
- dress designed for pageants, festivals, or theme parties
- household items unrelated to dress, such as tablecloth, linens, quilts or samplers