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Historical Textiles and Apparel Collection

Explore. Understand. Inspire.

The Historic Textiles and Apparel Collection includes more than 6,500 accessioned items from the 19th thru the 21st centuries. Garments, accessories, textiles, archival materials, fashion periodicals and patterns make up the TXA Archives. Our holdings include important couture examples by notable designers such as Balenciaga, Balmain, Chanel, Thierry Mugler, John Galliano, Christian Dior, Bill Blass, Carolina Herrera and Arnold Scassi among others.

The mission of the HTAC is to provide valuable educational resources and research opportunities for students, faculty and scholars alike. The Collection enables one to explore the significance of dress in an historical context, to view couture construction and design techniques, to study and promote conservation and preservation methods, and perhaps most importantly, to inspire those who wish to gain a better understanding of the history of textiles, apparel, and design.

Under the direction of TXA Assistant Professor Gail Chovan, independent study students in the HTAC curate and install 2-3 exhibits a year in the Archives Exhibit Room located on the ground floor of Mary Gearing Hall

Current exhibit on display in Room 117 of Mary Gearing Hall. Director/Curator: Gail Chovan , TXA Assistant Professor of Instruction chovan.gail@austin.utexas.edu

Working Women Roar poster

Wacky archives final

As Time Goes By poster