While the Texas Fashion Collection's facilities do not currently include dedicated exhibition space, the TFC has organized numerous exhibitions and regularly facilitates artifact loans to cultural institutions around the world. Past and current partnerships have resulted in a number of robust displays relating to the design and social history represented by dress objects - ranging from international cultural dress to French haute couture to American ready-to-wear—and have been organized in traditional museum spaces and unconventional public venues. If your institution is interested in borrowing artifacts for an exhibition in a conservationally stable and secure location, please contact Annette Becker, TFC director.
Texas Fashion Collection Exhibition of Men’s Clothing at NorthPark Center, Dallas
Talk Title: The Oscars of Fashion: How Dallas Became a Fashion Capital
Location: The Town of Highland Park Harvey R. "Bum" Bright Library, 4700 Drexel Dr., Highland Park, Texas 75205
Description: Paris. Milan. Tokyo. Dallas? Yes, Dallas! Our city has long served as one of the world’s major fashion capitals, largely due to the efforts of the Dallas-based department store Neiman Marcus and its prestigious award. Colloquially called the “Oscars of Fashion,” the Neiman Marcus Award brought international fashion figures like Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Emilio Pucci, and Hanae Mori to town, exposing Dallasites to the hottest and boldest designs. This, in turn, brought the international press to Dallas, showcasing our city as a cultural hotspot wrapped in Southern hospitality. Join UNT Texas Fashion Collection director Annette Becker for a romp through history, and learn more about our city’s connections with the biggest names in fashion!
Presenter: Annette Becker serves as the director of the Texas Fashion Collection, an archive of nearly 20,000 historic and designer garments and accessories spanning 250 years of fashion history. Housed within the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, the TFC preserves and presents innovative designs, making them publicly accessible through educational programming and off-site exhibitions.