UNT Fashion Collection
Annette Becker from the University of North Texas Texas Fashion Collection, will be talking about the University's collection.
This impressive collection serves as an important educational resource and includes nearly 20,000 historic and designer garments and accessories spanning 250 years of fashion history.
The Texas Fashion Collection is dedicated to preserving and documenting historically significant fashion, as an educational resource for students, researchers and the general public.
This mission draws from a long history of institutions and individuals with a passion for fashion history and design.
In 1972, the combined collections of the Dallas Museum of Fashion and the Neiman Marcus Collection 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 brought museum standards and practices that improved the level of preservation for the collection.
A National Endowment for the Arts grant for history and documentation was awarded to the Texas Fashion Collection in 1995, laying the groundwork for the retrospective digitization of the collection catalog.
In 1993, the university provided a newly renovated building that consolidated the collection into Scoular Hall, the first time the entire holdings were in one location. Since 2013, the Texas Fashion Collection has been in Welch Street Complex 1, which also houses the UNT fashion design and fibers programs. These upgraded facilities include a 4,500 square foot climate-controled room with an open storage model, allowing daily access for curatorial staff and volunteers and for small groups of visitors.
Annette Becker is the director of the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas in Denton. As director, she researches, cares for, and makes publicly available nearly 20,000 historic and designer garments and accessories spanning 250 years of fashion history.
She holds undergraduate degrees in Art History and English from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in Art History from UNT, and is currently pursuing a History doctoral degree part-time at UNT. With professional experience in museums around the country, her passion is making art, history, and culture accessible to people from all backgrounds.
Workshop - June 20th - String Workshop led by Beth Rhodes
Beth is once again hosting her Dog Days of Summer workshop, and you know it will be scrappy. This year she will be teaching us how to use those odd shaped, leftover small, short pieces, that you don't want to throw away, but don't know how to organize. Contact Mona for more information.