Drexel University




is a searchable database of archival data and detailed graphics for the Drexel Historic Costume Collection, housed in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA., as well as objects loaned to the project for inclusion in the database.

This site provides detailed information for fashion and textile design students, fashion professionals, historic costume scholars, and followers of fashion trends, current and past.  Garments from the collection are viewable in 3D panorama. Rich details are displayed as "hot spots" on the panoramas. Digital galleries created from shows in the Pearlstein Gallery, CoMAD, contextualize the collections. For those of you who enjoy a mystery, we have a few in our collection.  Click here to visit our mystery page.

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Evening gown (detail)
Circa 1912, France
DHCC, 54.1.282
Gift from the Estate of Minnie Drexel Fell Cassatt