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CM THE RECORD
BY NICOLE BALDERAS
Tucked inside of Scoular Hall, past
the hallways of clas->ro<mis. is a
journey through history by way of
hi 1938, Edward and Stanley Marcus of
the Neiman. Marcus family began assem-
bling work from top fashion designers as a
tribute to their late aunt. The growing as-
semblage of works from various eras came
to EBFff in 1972, and tlie Texas Fashion
Collection has since evolved into a world
renowned congregation of more than
18,000 piecas of clothing, shoes and other
The 4,500-square-foot room housing
tire collection feels more like the back-
stage of a fashion show than a showroom.
The climate-controlled room -> the tem-
perature ranges from 65 to 71) degrees, al-
though Dawn Figueroa, assistant curator
nl'ilif collection, said it usually feels more
like 62 — ensures the preservation of items
in the room, some of which date back to
A tour of 11 it • collection showcases Cou-
ture gowns on mannequins inched close
to one another and a staggering assort-
ment of collectors' items, including an
original Chanel black and white suit made
in France by CoCO Chanel herself in 1958.
Ami don'tsee items like this much any-
more/' Figueroa said. '"It's rare to find an
item made by tile original designer."
A library of clothing items are stacked
two rows high to conserve the limited
space, and some items can only be reached
"The first two rows of the collection
are arranged in retrospect by decade"
Figueroa said. "Viewers can see how fash-
ion has changed through the decadea"
The visual history lesson illustrates
changes in fashion throughout the ages,
from embellished Victorian-era dresses to
the. modesty of the Great Depression to
the vibrant colors of the 1960s.
hi the i n '\l. n >\\. clothing is arranged al-
phabetically according to designer, featur-
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ing work from almost all of the major de-
signers who were prominent in the 1900s.
Hidden among I lie racks is an entire
Collection of furs from the 1920s., rang-
ing from cheetah for to monkey fur.
Artifacts include a pair of three-inch Chi-
nese binding shoes and a South American
mummy-bundle textile from 1100 A.D.
Planned renovations to the University
f n ion call for the destruction of Scoular
Hall in June of 13, sending the Texas Fash-
ion Collection packing
The current plan would move deni-
zens of Scoular Hall to 42,800 square feet
of space on Welch Street. Figueroa said
preparations for the move have already
"The pieces will have to be covered
with a cotton muslin, moved on racks and
wheeled into a truck and be brought over
to the new building a rack at a time," she
Every single item down to the last hand-
bag is being inventoried on the digital li-
Help is coming from sources such as
library science graduate student Doug
Duiiford, who is tasked with researching
many olf the oddities of the collection,
such as 1960s futuristic stewardess at-
tire, maternity dolls and other donations.
So, far about 470 items out of 2,000 have
been inventoried, said Collection Manager
Edward Hoyenski. Layouts allocate, about
5,000 square feet for the fashion collection
in its temporary location oil Welch Street
Selections from the Texas Fashion Col-
lection are regularly displayed at a fashion
gallery space in Dallas, "l a>liion on Main."
and Figiieroa hopes to ©lie day open a
space on UNT campus.
The preservation of the collection is key
especially for students like fiber arts junior
"It's amazing how much histoiy is in
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