A unique repository documenting high fashion and style, the Texas Fashion Collection operates under the auspices of the College of Visual Arts and Design. The TFC is one of the most acclaimed educational resources at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. These artifacts of dress were collected by a variety of notable groups and individuals whose taste and connoisseurship continue to inspire students, researchers, and visitors.
Notable designers strongly represented in the Texas Fashion Collection include Cristobal Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beene, Coco Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Hanae Mori, Mary McFadden, Yves Saint Laurent, and Arnold Scaasi. With slightly more local or Texas significance, the collection also includes Todd Oldham, Victor Costa, and Michael Faircloth. This is an abbreviated list, however, as the TFC houses nearly 20,000 historic and designer garments and accessories spanning 250 years of fashion history.
In the News
Texas Fashion Collection featured on D Magazine’s November cover
Nearly 1,400 pairs of shoes, 2,500 hats, and 750 handbags are gathered within UNT’s nearly 20,000-piece Texas Fashion Collection. As D Magazine’s November 2019 cover story details, UNT is home to “a trove of designer labels including 387 designs by Hubert Givenchy, 301 by Oscar de la Renta, 151 from the House of Dior and an impressive 340 by Cristobal Balenciaga.” Originally started by the Dallas-based department store Neiman Marcus in the late 1930s, UNT became the custodian of a few thousand garments via a 1972 donation to support design research at UNT and today is a valuable historical resource for researchers and students. About 90 percent of the collection, which also was covered recently by Denton County Magazine, came from individual donors, most with connections to North Texas.
Spring 2020, March 2–May 17: "Men Bloom" exhibition at NorthPark Center, Dallas
February-August 2020: Fashion Nirvana, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
December 2019-April 2020: Fashion Forward, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, Texas
October-December 2019: Purple: Fashion and Fancy, Highlights from the Texas Fashion Collection, Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I.
March-May 2019: Faux Real: Fashion Inspired by Nature, NorthPark Center
September-October 2018: Age of the Supermodel, Galleria Dallas
Collaborations & Partnerships
Video by Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I., Purple: Fashion and Fancy showcase of a collaborative project between SRU faculty and TFC's Director Annette Becker.
The University of Central Oklahoma, facility tour and doctoral candidate research
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas: supported Museum Studies course
Wade College, Dallas: supported fashion illustration course
Texas Woman University, Denton, Texas: supported art and design course
Southern Methodist University, Dallas: supported theater-costume-design research
Parsons School of Art and Design, New York City: taught fashion history class session remotely
New York University, New York City: supported graduate student research
Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture presented artifacts at the conference
North Texas Digital Fabrication Group, research session
College Art Association gave a conference presentation
Costume Society of America, professional development session — Annette Baxter, Denise Baxter
Southern Graphics Council International, display in conjunction with the annual conference