MSU Museum’s historic fashion collection will be growing in the next year! The Apparel and Textile Design Program’s collection will be merged into the Museum’s holdings, creating a larger, more representative collection housed in optimum storage conditions. The collection will be made more widely available for research, teaching, and exhibition.
The history of the Apparel and Textile Design Program’s collection is like that of other land-grant institutions with missions of teaching, research, and service. The collection began in the College of Home Economics, the third oldest college at Michigan State University. In 1970, the College was restructured and renamed Human Ecology and the collection was administered by the Department of Human Environment and Design. The dissolution of the the College of Human Ecology led to the transfer of its Historic Costume and Textiles Collection to the Art, Art History, and Design Department in the College of Arts and Letters.