Textile and Costume Collection

The Textile and Costume Collection is a remarkably diverse and wide-ranging museum-quality collection used for teaching, inspiration, research, and scholarship. The collection's holdings reflect a broad spectrum of design, cultures and historic periods. The earliest items are a group of about 95 Coptic textiles dating to the 4th century A.D. and a smaller group of Pre-Columbian textiles from the 12th to 14th centuries. A collection of European chasubles, lace, and European and Persian textile fragments represent our holdings from the 15th to 17th centuries. The remainder of the Collection dates primarily from the 17th century to the present with the majority of garments and accessories, as well as the Western and non-Western flat textile collection, dating from the mid-18th century onward.

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Curator, Textile and Costume Collection
Jade Papa

Textile and Costume Collection
The Design Center
Thomas Jefferson University — East Falls
4200 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Visit: Weekdays, by appointment

Child's jumper, Charles James for Alexis, 1957-1960

Silver leather pumps, 1920s, T&CC 1983.6.2a,b
Hatching roosters Jenny Lind-style fan, 1850, T&CC 2019.3.6

Kashmiri shawl, 19th century, T&CC 1982.23.1
Coptic textile fragment, 7th-8th century, T&CC 1978.38