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Historic Costume Collection

The ADM historic costume collection features nearly 500 pieces of fashion history dating from the 1850s to 1980s. Sample pieces include wedding, evening, mourning, and day dresses; jackets, shawls, and wraps; pants, shirts, and vests; and hats, handbags, fans, and gloves. 

The collection is often used by ADM students as inspiration for the development of their ideas and concepts for fashion designs and projects. The historic costume collection is also used for hands-on learning and demonstration purposes in ADM 310 - Historical Costume and the Social Order. Students are provided with an up-close look at the historical garments that inspired and influenced modern fashions, and are able to understand the evolution of dress throughout the past century.

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