The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection

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Heralded as a “world-class collection of fashion and textiles” by the Wall Street Journal, the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) at Drexel University contains more than 14,000 garments, textiles, and accessories. The FHCC has strong holdings of Parisian haute couture and international high-style garments from the late 19th and 20th centuries. Recent acquisitions have included

Alexander Wang, Prada, and Chado Ralph Rucci. The FHCC was formed to serve as an educational resource for the students of Drexel University and remains a vital part of the design curriculum at The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design where it is visited by hundreds of students, faculty, and visitors annually.

Please join us next Wednesday for a presentation on the style and impact of jazz icon Bessie Smith! You are invited to a...
02/11/2022

Please join us next Wednesday for a presentation on the style and impact of jazz icon Bessie Smith!
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Feb 16, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: BESSIE SMITH, EMPRESS OF THE BLUES, IN 1920s PHILADELPHIA: Modern, Transformative, and Unsung… See more

06/02/2021

This Friday, June 4 at 9 a.m. ET, join Drexel’s Design History Forum for a talk with Clare Sauro, Director & Chief Curator, Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University. Clare Sauro will be speaking on 2020: The Clothes We Wore and the Stories They Tell, a recent online exhibition at the Fox Historic Costume Collection. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Interested in attending? Please email Professor Joseph Larnerd at [email protected] for the Zoom invitation.

Join us!
05/21/2021

Join us!

On Friday, June 4 at 9 a.m. ET, join Drexel’s Design History Forum for a talk with Clare Sauro, Director & Chief Curator, Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University. Clare Sauro will be speaking on 2020: The Clothes We Wore and the Stories They Tell, a recent online exhibition at the Fox Historic Costume Collection. A Q&A will follow the presentation. If you would like to attend, please email Professor Joseph Larnerd at [email protected] for the Zoom invitation.

History Happy Hour: Tiki ThursdayThursday, May 20th, 5:00 p.m. ETRegister for the Zoom link https://drexel.zoom.us/webin...
05/12/2021

History Happy Hour: Tiki Thursday
Thursday, May 20th, 5:00 p.m. ET
Register for the Zoom link

https://drexel.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ifh_DO21QyyisNOukkCDQw

Monica Stevens Smyth, Collections Manager of Drexel’s Fox Historic Costume Collection, will host Anya Kurennaya, scholar and doctoral candidate in Drexel University’s Media, Culture and Communication PhD program, for a History Happy Hour on Thursday, May 20th, at 5 pm.

Join Anya and Monica as they discuss the history of the American "tiki bar" and the 20th-century trend of tropical-inspired fashion and design. Anya will discuss the historical and cultural context of the bar and its fashions, and Monica will share pieces from the collection that reflect the era's cultural embrace of tropical aesthetics and cocktail culture. And of course, no History Happy Hour would be complete without a Mai Tai tutorial!

05/01/2021

As part of the "Gateway to the University: the Collections" at Drexel special exhibition, opening in fall this year at the Paul Peck Alumni Center Gallery, three Drexel scholars came together to create a video around the celebrated Arts and Crafts designer William Morris (1834–96) and his use of natural dyes, especially indigo, which during the 19th century was imported from India. On Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. ET, Clare Sauro, Debjani Bhattacharyya, and Robert Peck will be joined by other Drexel colleagues for a webinar conversation about Morris’ design philosophy, his use of botanical books as source materials, and the punitive conditions in Bengal under which indigo was grown.

Participants:
• Debjani Bhattacharyya, Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
• Joseph Larnerd, PhD, Assistant Professor of Design History, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
• Marina McDougal, Interim Chief Learning and Engagement Officer, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
• Heather Moqtaderi, Adjunct Faculty, History of Modern Design, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
• Robert Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
• Clare Sauro, Director & Chief Curator, Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection
• Lynn C. Waddell, Director, The Drexel Collection

Register here: https://drexel.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__puHIljTQO-IdqzLtZS63g

04/25/2021

Society & Culture What Drexel Does — and Doesn’t — Have From the 1918 Pandemic By: Alissa Falcone April 20, 2021 One of the combs purchased by Naomi Ford, on top of the original holly wrapping paper. Photo credit: Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection. Credit: Gift of Mrs. Anne Wrig...

Our first online exhibition is now live! https://theclotheswewore.com
03/29/2021

Our first online exhibition is now live!
https://theclotheswewore.com

2020: The Clothes We Wore and the Stories They Tell is the first online exhibition from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University (FHCC). The objects included in this exhibition were submitted by members of the Drexel community as the most reflective of their...

The Couture Accessory Redux: A Conversation with Caroline Rennolds Milbank Join us for a conversation with fashion histo...
02/26/2021

The Couture Accessory Redux: A Conversation with Caroline Rennolds Milbank

Join us for a conversation with fashion historian Caroline Rennolds Milbank about some of her favorite couture accessories in the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University.

Caroline Rennolds Milbank’s work in fashion history has included stints as an auction house expert (Sotheby’s and Doyle New York), appraiser, and consulting curator. However, she is perhaps best known as the author of several definitive volumes on fashion history such as Couture: The Great Designers, New York Fashion, and Fashion: A Timeline in Photographs.



One of her most beloved publications is The Couture Accessory, a book that celebrates the visionary hats, bags, shoes, belts, scarves, gloves, and jewels fashioned by designers of the 20th century, beginning with Poiret, Vionnet, Chanel and Schiaparelli and continuing through to Azzedine Alaia, Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino and Vivienne Westwood. Many of the accessories featured in the publication are now housed in the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection.

This program will be hosted via Zoom. You will receive additional details upon registration.

https://drexel.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_orDzTSnPSBCct-XZ21zmhQ

We are excited to announce the first online exhibition from Drexel’s Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, “...
02/04/2021

We are excited to announce the first online exhibition from Drexel’s Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, “2020: The Clothes We Wore and the Stories They Tell,” an exhibition curated with the help of the Drexel community. The clothes we wear are more than mere decoration – what we choose to wear, or not wear, speaks volumes. Whether you shifted your wardrobe to match the changing environment during a global pandemic, or you used clothing to further express yourself during a year filled with racial, social and political unrest, the Fox Historic Costume Collection wants to hear about it and document a year many of us would like to forget.

The Fox Historic Costume Collection is looking for 20 garments (t-shirts, hats, masks, tote bags, etc.) that best represent the events of this past year. This request of loan objects (to be photographed and returned) and a statement (60 words or less) explaining the significance of the submitted garment to the wearer during 2020’s tumultuous events is open to all Drexel University students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The deadline for submission is Friday, February 19, 2021. Share your submission with the Fox Historic Costume Collection using this link!

https://drexel.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3fW10mV1bLqZ3Zb

06/02/2020

To our community in Philadelphia and across the nation navigating both the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic injustice: We hear you. We support you. We stand with you.

05/17/2020

A wonderful shoutout to The FHCC and it’s original curator, Mary Carter!

This is a very thorough article on the best materials for mask-making. Hope it is useful to all of you!
04/16/2020

This is a very thorough article on the best materials for mask-making. Hope it is useful to all of you!

Edmonton, Alberta, April 11, 2020, 6 pm   Dear reader, You have likely been bombarded by messages regarding the making and use of cloth facemasks at home. Like me, you may have wanted to know more about the science behind ... Read More ...

03/16/2020

As part of Drexel's commitment to preserving and maintaining the health and safety of all members of its community, starting March 16 many professional staff will be working remotely and all university buildings will only be accessible to those who are issued DragonCards. Due to these measures Drexel Unviersity's galleries, including the A. J. Drexel Picture Gallery, Rincliffe Gallery, Pearlstein Gallery and Fox Historic Costume Collection Gallery will be closed until further notice. Efforts are being made to reschedule and/or extend exhibitions that were planned during this time and information will be available on the individual collections' and gallery websites.

This ratty and stained sweater sold this weekend at auction for $334,000!
10/29/2019

This ratty and stained sweater sold this weekend at auction for $334,000!

The long journey of the $137,500 sweater worn by Nirvana’s frontman

Please come see our latest exhibition in the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Gallery at Drexel University!
10/17/2019

Please come see our latest exhibition in the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Gallery at Drexel University!

05/30/2019

This is so very impressive!

Interesting article about the challenges of running a historic costume collection. Special thanks to our favorite studen...
04/30/2019

Interesting article about the challenges of running a historic costume collection. Special thanks to our favorite student volunteer Mali for sharing this.

Thousands of articles of everyday women’s clothing are being preserved in lockers in a college basement. But where, exactly, does their value lie?

06/05/2018

Do you listen to podcasts? Do you love fashion history? The Dressed podcast is a must listen!

Dressed: the History of Fashion explores the who, what, when, of why we wear.

06/03/2018

Fascinating mix of old and new

02/14/2018

Another great video from Racked! What a fascinating testament to the power of clothing to make history come alive.

01/31/2018

Racked has been producing some amazing fashion history related videos lately but this behind the scenes video of costume conservation is spectacular!

Hope you can join Clare Sauro for this event at the Sigal Museum!http://drexel.edu/foxcollection/events-exhibitions/even...
01/31/2018

Hope you can join Clare Sauro for this event at the Sigal Museum!
http://drexel.edu/foxcollection/events-exhibitions/events/Basic%20Page/

American Diana and Parisian Venus: Women’s Fashions of the Jazz Age February 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24 | 1:30pm Fashion played a vital role in the novelty-crazed decade following the First World War. Many women rejected traditional standards of dress and behavior in favor of modern styles suc...

10/06/2017
MoMA Plunges Headfirst Into Fashion

Congratulations to the wonderful team who put together this exhibition. Special thanks to Tae Smith and Ginny Theerman for making our loan objects (the Halston shirtdress and the Scaasi LBD) look so spectacular!

With its first exhibition since 1944 on clothing design, the Museum of Modern Art gives the Met’s Costume Institute some healthy competition.

11/23/2016
National Women's History Museum

National Women's History Museum

from the sensuous cold shoulder dress created by Donna Karan in 1992, to Vera Maxwell's introduction of a weekend wardrobe, fashion and forward thinking female designers established new roles for women. Read how some key designs have challenged the classic ideal of women, http://www.nwhm.org/blog/defining-designs/

10/31/2016
WWD

This is very sad news. He was truly one of the greats.

In sad news, fashion designer James Galanos has passed away. He rose to fame when one of his clients, Nancy Reagan, became First Lady.

08/04/2016
The history of flight attendant uniforms

Spotted any exciting flight attendant uniforms during your summer travels? Take a look at some styles from the past!

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.The history of flight attendant uniformsUpdated 7:01 AM ET, Wed July 20, 2016 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: United Air Lines, 1939 – United sta...

08/03/2016
Barneys New York selling $265 Black Flag t-shirts

Ah, the age-old question: Is a t-shirt still "punk" if it's sold for $265??

Well, here's something to chew on. High end fashion retailer Barneys New York is now offering a line of punk rock t-shirts. The shirts cost $265.00 and $175.00 each, depending on the shirt, and don't appear to be made in the USA. (We are trying to find out if they are sweatshop free right now). The....

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Virtual programming allows us to connect with CSA members around the world! Tonight Clare Sauro hosts a conversation focusing on couture accessories, highlighting artifacts from the The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection.
The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection need your help gathering donations for their latest online exhibit, “2020: The Clothes We Wore and the Stories They Tell.” They are looking for garments (t-shirts, hats, masks, tote bags, etc.) that best represent the events of this past year. Please tell us what items you would like to share!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Z6WFUG
Please welcome SoHa's newest artist, Monica Stevens Smyth, to Studio 14!

Here is a little bit about her:

I grew up in the Maryland DC-metro area but have been living in Pennsylvania for nearly twenty years, the last thirteen of which were spent in Philadelphia.

As a child, my mom noticed that I was rather expressive and signed me up for formal art lessons, where I focused on drawing and oil painting. Over the years I learned to work with a wide variety of mediums. In high school I developed a love for film photography and continued to pursue creativity with an undergraduate degree in studio art. I have always loved fashion so I concentrated in textiles, doing work in dyeing, printing, and sewing. This passion was further developed during a graduate education in fashion design at Drexel University.

As a grad student at Drexel I worked at the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) and fell in love with costume history. I took the academic path and am now the collections manager and assistant curator at the FHCC, where I care for historic garments, develop exhibitions, and teach costume history of the 20th century.

SoHa is the perfect place for me to start making art again, and I am thrilled to join such a talented community. I’ve been getting back into the feel of oil painting and I hope to expand into other media and do some sewing work as well.

Follow my art account on instagram at .

I also run the FHCC account at The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection
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Evening Gown; France; ca 1964
Coral, Silk, Linen, Nylon, Acetate, Glass
Creator: Hubert de Givenchy

The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection via Google Arts & Culture

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The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection has done it again! "Suit Yourself! 75 Years of Powerful Style" is an impressive display of iconic, masterful and timeless pieces from designers such as Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen, and many more. Visit the new exhibition in the URBN Center Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm now through March 13, 2020.

Learn more ➡️ https://drexel.edu/westphal/news-events/news/2019/September/Suit-Yourself-Fox-Historic-Costume-Collection-Exhibition/
Congratulations to our friends at the The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection and the CSA members who worked on this exhibition!
The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection will showcase the many revolving styles of women’s suits with its next exhibition "Suit Yourself! 75 Years of Powerful Style" opening Friday, Oct. 11 through Thursday, March 13 in the URBN Center.

The exhibition will feature elegant ensembles crafted by Gilbert Adrian, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen and many other celebrated designers.
Cocktail Dress; United States; 1951
Wool Jersey, Organdy, Silk
Creator: Norman Norell

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Clare Sauro, curator of the The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, and Mary Dougherty, self-made entrepreneur and owner of two Nicole Miller Philadelphia boutiques, discuss the current exhibition "A Philadelphia Store-y: 25 Years of Nicole Miller Philadelphia" with NBC10 Philadelphia.

The exhibition is open to the public through August 30, 2019 in The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection Gallery, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the URBN Center at 3501 Market St.
Clare Sauro, curator of the Drexel University's The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, is absolutely the cat's pajamas... and here's the podcast to prove it!

See her speak at the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society's Sigal Museum on Saturday, May 11 where she will discuss one of her favorite periods in fashion history: the 1920s.

RSVP: http://ow.ly/a5Fg30o0axQ
Take a trip to the roaring ’20s with Clare Sauro, curator of The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, on 5/11 at the Sigal Museum!

Register: http://ow.ly/8zP150qZ3kv

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwIfNjG9s00
The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection will present a retrospective exhibition highlighting work by renowned fashion designer Nicole Miller. The exhibition A Philadelphia Store-y: 25 Years of Nicole Miller Philadelphia will pay tribute to the retailer’s contributions to fashion and philanthropy in the city.

The exhibition will be on display in the Fox Historic Costume Collection's gallery, located in the URBN Center from April 12 through August 30.