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Vision Statement

The MTSU Textiles, Merchandising and Design Historic Clothing Collection will be a leader across the southeast that fosters education, creativity and scholarship for fashion oriented students and individuals interested in fashion history.

 

Overview

 

The MTSU Textiles, Merchandising and Design Historic Clothing Collection was founded in 1988 at the encouragement of the curator of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, as inspiration to build a collection for students and the public in the state of Tennessee.  Dr. Teresa B. King was the original development coordinator and has served as the curator of the collection since its inception.  The collection is intended to educate and inspire diverse audiences regarding history through the acquisition of fashion knowledge.

Individuals from MTSU, Rutherford County and across the country have donated generously to the historic collection, including but not limited to: a gown worn to John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball and a gown that belonged to Jack Daniel’s sister.  Additionally, schools and museums, including the Fashion Institute of Technology often accession donations to the MTSU collection such as Oscar de la Renta, Coco Chanel and Issey Miyake, etc.

 

A rich history of both wedding gowns, military uniforms and christening gowns have found their way to the MTSU historic collection as many families find sentimental attachment to such items for years and eventually want to locate a more permanent home for these valuable treasures.  Many MTSU faculty and community friends have generously donated garments to the collection.  Subsequently, community co-partnerships have emerged, such as the Oaklands’ annual Wedding Gown Exhibit, various educational exhibits and community vintage fashion shows.

 

The MTSU historic clothing collection is a “working collection,” consisting of donations made by patrons in the area, most of whom are interested in having their historic pieces stored, used and studied by scholars and others. A working collection differs from a museum collection, in that the items are used, studied, handled, and occasionally displayed and/or worn for educational purposes.  Likewise, a working collection is not always maintained at a perfect environmental setting, typical of museum collections.  The collection at MTSU houses 750+ historic pieces from the 1790’s– 1980’s and is housed in an environmentally controlled lab. 

 

Anyone desiring to donate items to the MTSU Historic Clothing Collection can do so by contacting the Textiles, Merchandising and Design program in the Department of Human Sciences at MTSU at: http://www.mtsu.edu/humansciences/contact.php or calling: 615-898-2884 or 615-904-8076.

 

Throughout its tenure at MTSU, numerous Textiles, Merchandising and Design students have been involved in the ongoing growth of the program including research identifying provenance of garments, conversation and care, developing and accessioning/usage system, photography, etc. 

 

Special thanks go to, but are not limited to graduates’  Lisa Powers Struble, Sherry Scott, Ashley Boles, in addition to 2017-2018 students involved in the MTSU Library Seed grant:  Rachael Robertson Krasnow, student photographer, and volunteers, Jennifer Curtis, Alyssa Stender and Autumn Trail, all Textiles, Merchandising and Design students, who were invaluable assistants.

 

Staff

Textiles, Merchandising, and Design (TXMD) Program

TXMD Director: Dr. Teresa King

Photographer: Rachael Krasnow

Inventory: Alyssa Stender

Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T5, 18.0 megapixel, 300 resolution, 50mm lens

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