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The collection was founded in 1938 by Stanley and Edward Marcus in honor of their aunt, Carrie Marcus-Neiman. Ms. Marcus-Neiman was one of the founders of the Neiman-Marcus department store, and an important arbiter of taste and quality. The nucleus of the collection came from the work of top designers featured in the Neiman Marcus store. In 1962, the Dallas Museum of Fashion was established by the Dallas Fashion Group. The Dallas Museum of Fashion was conceived as a collection preserving the history of clothing as well as highlighting modern designers. Housed at the Apparel Mart in Dallas, the Dallas Museum of Fashion was given the Carrie Marcus-Neiman Collection in the mid-1960’s by Stanley Marcus and the Carrie Marcus-Neiman Foundation. In 1972, an agreement was reached to bring the collection to Denton and become part of UNT’s Department of Art, under Dr. Edward Mattill. At that time the collection was renamed the Texas Fashion Collection. The collection consisted of about 2,000 items at the time it came to UNT. The collection now consists of approximately 20,000 items. The focus is on works from the later 19
The Texas Fashion Collection is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and documentation of historically significant fashion. The Texas Fashion Collection is administered by the College of Visual Arts and Design.
Directors at UNT:
Elizabeth Marzan Mattill
Laura Lee Utz (acting director)
Reproduction and publication of materials in this colection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
This collection is not restricted.
Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
This collection is stored off-site and requires a minmum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
This collection consists of exhibit catalogs, brochures, and phamplets, as well as materials used to advertise the collection such as posters, banners, and cards.
Publications that reflect the growth and activities of the Texas Fashion Collection.
Box that contains material that reflects the clothing and accessories held in the Texas Fashion Collection.
Catalog for the exhibit "Haute Couture: The Great Paris Designers" by Laura Lee Utz, curator of the exhibit.
Catalog for an exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art in which drew upon some of the designer gowns in the Texas Fashion Collection.
A publication covering the exhibit "Inspired by Balenciaga" that was held at Fashion On Main, Dallas, Texas in 2007. Fashion On Main was the display space in the Universities Center.
Catalog for an exhibit that was organized to celebrate the 25th year of the Texas Fashion Collection becoming part of the University of North Texas (1972 - 1997). The exhibit explored the changing rolls of modern women and how their clothes reflected their new opportunities.
Catalog that highlights the artistic work of the faculty and staff of the College of Visual Arts.
The following are the titles of the exhibits that the printed materials represent: The Art of Fashion: The Art of Fashion: The Radical Sixties (1991); Behind the Scenes of the Texas Fashion Collection (1997); Reflections: Work by Michael Faircloth (2007); Child's Play: A Children's Fshion Story (2010); The Joy Losee Collection: Art and Dress Along the Silk Road (2013).
This publication contains an artlicle written by Myra Walker, "Society, Dress, and Social Grace."
The Winter 2001 issue of Shuz (vilume IV, No. 4) contains "Couture on Campus: An Undiscovered Fashion Jewel" by Stephanie Lewis. The article is about the Texas Fashion Collection.
"An Artistic Alliance: Art and Couture by Amy Zerner From the Collectin of Torie Gibralta"
This series contains materials that have been used to promote the Texas Fashion Collection, their exhibits and events.
This box contains material that was used to promote the Texas Fashion Collection and its activities.
The following items were used to inform the public about the Texas Fashion Collection history and displays: Texas Fashion Collection (no date), name card for Myra Walker with an image of a woman from the 1860s or 1870s (no date), Flights of Fancy (the grand opening exhbit for Fashion on Main; 2006), Minis, Maxis & Mods (Fashion on Main exhibit; 2008), Winn Morton Retrospective: 1949 - 1989 (1989), Painting the Town: 1920's High Style (Fashion on Main; 2009), Egyptian Elegance (Fashion on Main, 2009).
Two sets of cards and envelopes with drawings of accessories in the Texas Fashion Collection. Four drawings are by Chia-Lin Wu of purses and bags. Four drawings by Ilkay Turk of show shoes in the collection.
One set of cards and envelopes with drawings of accessories in the Texas Fashion Collection. Four drawings are by Chia-Lin Wu of purses and bags. Four drawing by Ilkay Turk of show shoes in the collection.
One set of ten greeting cards (two of each design) that were created for the exhibit "Balenciaga and His Legacy." The cards show photographs of details of Balenciaga's creations. The exhibit took place at the Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
Two sets of postcards for the exhibit "The Art of Fashion: The Radical Sixties" (1991) which feature clothing from the Texas Fashion Collection. Also in the folder are three cards with drawings of clothing for women.
Myra Walker was a director of the Texas Fashion Collection.
Posters that were created to promote the exhibits or artifacts in the Texas Fashion Collection.
Poster for the College of Visual Arts and Design "Artwear" fashion show that highlights the creations of student designers. The poster has a silver background cover with black lettering and image.
Calendar created by the Costume Society of America in which clothing from the Texas Fashion Collection are featured in September.
Exhibit catalog in the form of a section of a newspaper. Fred Greenhill was a fashion artist for Saks and Lord and Taylor. His work was published regularly in the New York Times.
Poster for the exhibit "Winn Morton Retrospective" that was held in the Trammell Crow Center, Dallas, in 1989.
Banner used to promote the Texas Fashion Collection exhibit: "Flights of Fancy." The poster has an image of a woman wearing a gown decorated with feathers.
The exhibit was held at the Kimbell Art Museum. One poster is mounted on foam core board.
One poster is mounted on foam core, the other two are not.
This item was used as a label for artifacts designed by Lila.
Clipping that shows the possibilities of the multidress.
The exhibit took place at Fashion on Main in Dallas, Texas.
A color photograph of four mannequins dressed in gowns and dresses from the Texas Fashion Collection. The image and text header are mounted on board.
Three mounted clippings concerning the Norell exhibit.
These posters are in a box that also holds posters from University Relations, Communications and Marketing, the University of North Texas Library Records,
This is a program for an exhibition.
The items in this box primarily concern the 1987 Norman Norell Retrospective.
"Suiting the Modern Woman: 25th Anniversary Exhibition"
Norman Norell exhibit
Norman Norell retrospective
"Denton Arts Calendar"
"The North Texas Daily"
This magazine has an article on the Texas Fashion Collection, "Time Pieces: Fashion is making history at the University of North Texas."
The images are of striped Balemcoaga's outfits.
Philip Samuels was a Polish immigrant who settled in Corsicana, Texas. In 1897 he established P. Samuels Men’s Clothiers which was located at 213 North Beaton Street. Mr. Sanders had 6 children: Sylvan, Gladys, Aaron, Melville, Lillian, and Irvin. Aaron, Melville, and Irvin worked at P. Samuels. Irvin continued to run the store after the deaths of his brothers. The store was closed in 1990.
Cards with retail prices for "Stetson Staple Shapes"
Card for Galliin and Keit, Inc.
Brochure for "Monthly Conference with Retail Salesmen; card for "Stetson Caps;" brochure for "Stetson Prize Contest for Your Hat Salesmen;" and the envelope from the John B. Stetson Company.
Card with "Extend the Straw Hat Season" by John B. Stetson Company
"Perlman's Roumanian Restaurant, New York" and "Haimowitz's Roumanian Restaurant, New York"
From: R. G. Dunn and Company
To: Aaron from Heyman Jarett
To Aaron /Samuels from Sylvia
To Aaron Samuels from A. L. Weise
From the Jewish Children's Home
Post card to Aaron Samuels
Letters to Aaron Samuels from Sylvia and a collection of business letters.
From: S. L. Hoffman and Company
From: F. Jacobson and Sons
From: Schulberg-Weiler, Inc.
From: Hotel Montclair
From: Samuel Elman Company, Incorporated
From: Warner Woven Label Company
From: Joseph H. Cochen and Sons
From: The Navarro
Louis Schulman Company
National Woven Lable Company
Rothschild Brothers Hat Company
"The Haberdasher" and "The Clothier and Furnisher"
P. Samuels' Sales Books
"Catalog of Little Blue Books"
"Hercules Knitting Company"
Folz Menswear Buying Corporation
Hercules Knitting Company
"Spring and Summer Models"
"The American Clothier Directory of Men's and Boy's Clothing Trade"
"The American Hatter Directory"
Rail Road Schedules
"The Boys Outfitter Directory"
The fabric samples come from the following companies: Jamestown Worsted Mills, Greenberg, Gallin and Keit Incorporated, and Rockingham Clothes.
One button with domed faux pearl center in an oval setting that appears to have had a silver color on it.
One brown carboard box from the John B. Stetson Company to P. Samuels, Corsicana, Texas. The box is filled with size and price tags for hats.
Box for fabric samples from Joseph H. Cohen and Sons, the manufacturers of Arthur Allen Clothes. The box has one card with a fabric sample inside.
Cards with fabric samples from J. Schoenenman, Incorporated in a grey box.
One page of ads
From Cohen and Lang
This is a leather folder.
This catalog was created by M. Wile and Company of Buffalo, New York.
This ad book was created by M. Wile and Company of Buffalo, New York.
Five advertisements for P. Samuels that promoted Mohair suits, summer suits, and wool suits.
Five advertisement for P. Samuel's that promotes summer suits and spring suits.
Advertising for P. Samuels that promotes the sale of Spring suits.
Three advertisements for P. Samuels promoting suits, fall clothing, and spring suits.
Ten advertisements for P. Samuels.
Two advertisements for P. Samuels that promote gaberdine suits.
Eight advertisement for P. Samuels suits.
Advertisements for P. Samuels that promote mohair and $25.00 suits.
A large advertisement for the "Opening Display of New Fall Goods" at P. Samuels.
A large advertisemt for 'Young Men's Suits" at P. Samuels.
An advertisement for suits and overcoats sold by P. Samuels.
Four advertisements for P. Samuels store.
A black and white image of two men wearing suits.
These posters are boxed with posters from the University of North Texas Library Records and the University Relations, Communications, and Marketing Records.
The Texas Fashion Collection is featured as the month of September.
A curated exhibition from the Flappers era including French, Italian and Spanish haute couture at the Galleria in Dallas.
Sponsored by Neiman Marcus.
Sponsored by Neiman Marcus.
This poster promoted a fashion show organized by fashion design students in the College of Visual Arts and Design.
Clipping concerning a fashion show that displayed some of the Dallas Fashion Group's collection, which was housed on the UNT campus.
Negatives and prints of clothing items in the Texas Fashion Collection.
A handbill for a volunteer field trip and information sheets for artifacts in the Texas Fashion Collection were in the front pocket of the binder.
Lists of clothing artifacts divided by the material used to make them, such as wool and silk.
Prints of the site that once housed the Texas Fashion Collection.
Images of Texas Fashion Collection artifacts in color negatives and prints.
Color prints and negatives
Color prints and negatives
Polaroids of an 1870s dress.
Color prints and negatives
Black and white prints
Black and white prints that show: 1) instructor Marion Adele Marshall teaching an Introduction to Fashion class; 2) Wilanna Bristow, an instructor at the Embroiderers' Guild of America seminar.
Caralee Biery Smith provided the color prints of the museum.
A black and white image of a woman wearing a hat.
The University of North Texas Art Building was the location of the exhibit. Color slides make up the contents of this folder.
Color negatives show clothing displayed on mannequins.
Color prints show dresses diplayed on five mannequins standing on a two tier platform.
Color prints and negatives of Victorian dresses and shoes on display. The clothing is beleived to not be a part of the Texas Fashion Collection. The display site is unidentified.
Color print and negatives
Color prints of an exhibit in the University of North Texas Art Building gallery.
This exhibit took place at the Historical Collection, a history museum on the UNT campus that closed in 1986.
This exhibit was held at the Visual Arts Center (now the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center).
This file contains an announcement with a list of donors
Original press release
Correspondence concerning the loan of mannequins.
The photographs have black and white prints, including portraits of Winn Morton, as well as color prints.
Color photographs and negatives of 1890s clothing. The images were taken in the Art Building in the space where the clothing was stored.
A collection of photograph of clothing with descriptions and identifying information.
A collection of photographs of clothing with identifying information.
A collection of information on artifacts with photographs.
Photographs and information on artifacts considered for the exhibit.
Color prints of artifacts in the Texas Fashion Collection.
Color prints of artifacts in the Texas Fashion Collection,
Color negatives of Texas Fashion Collection artifacts.
Color prints of the Texas Fashion Collection artifacts. There are some pages which have descriptions.
Color prints of the exhibit in the Kinbell Art Museum.
This was a J. C. Penny exhibit.
This folder includes: notes on exhibit arrangement, items to include in the show; the proposal for the exhibit; a clipping from InHouse, a publication for the UNT campus; exhibit check list; information, drawings and photographs of clothing considered for the exhibit.
Information on Hollywood's influence on fashion.
Black and white photographs of mannequins dressed in some of the clothing used in the exhibit.
The pages are in the original order they were found in the binder. They include information sheets on the artifacts with drawings and color prints; a press release on the exhibit; sample labels and information panels.
These pages include information sheets on the artifacts and mannequins with color prints; xerox copies of images of women participating in athletic activities; and a mock up of a catalog.
A collection of black and white prints, negatives, and a color slide.
These pages have information sheets on the artifacts with color prints attached; notes on the layout of the exhibit; and an initial budget.
The photographs are color prints of the artifacts.
The contents of this folder include: black and white negatives, a color slide, publicity, and documents related to the organization of the exhibit.
Information sheets on artifacts that may also contain drawings and color prints make up the contents of this folder.
The documents include research materials, forms, publicity, and label text.
Correspondence, contracts, one color print, and information sheets on the artifacts proposed for the exhibit make up the contents of this folder.
Photograph of Lois Watson that was taken at an exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum.
This exhibit was produced in conjunction with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The documents include notes, correspondence, artifact information sheets with color prints, and a proposal design of the exhibit.
Exhibit label text and some color prints of the clothing make up the bulk of this folder.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History folder with promotional material on museum events and programs.
Information on artifacts proposed for the exhibit Hot Cars, High Fashion, Cool Stuff: Desings for the 20th Century. The documents include research for "Inspired Visions: Fashion and the Arts."
This folder includes: drawings of clothing, correspondence, publicity, and color prints that show part of the exhibit.
Papers that document the instillation of the exhibit.
The slides are copyrighted by the Dallas Museum of Art.
A draft of the invitation with handwritten notes on it makes up the content of this folder.
Brochures and booklets that cover the history of retailers J. C. Penny.