Letter from Howard Pyle
February 3, 1898
Image courtesy of Drexel University Archives
The acquisition of fashionable dress and accessories was first suggested in 1898 by Howard Pyle, then Director of the School of Illustration, "as a help to historic and artistic study" for the dressmaking and millinery students.
June 3, 1959
In 1959, the Nan Duskin Laboratory of Costume Design was created, enabling the collection to be housed in a state-of-the-art storage and classroom facility. It was named for Mrs. Anne Lincoln, founder of the esteemed Nan Duskin specialty shop and passionate supporter of the collection. Duskin and Carter were a formidable team. Under their stewardship, the collection grew to well over 7,000 objects.
Laser Cut Curtain
Recent acquisitions reflect the original educational mission of the collection with some adjustments for the new millennium. While there will always be a pronounced effort to collect the finest examples of couture and high fashion, many recent acquisitions emphasize technique and technological innovations.
Image of Howard Pyle letter courtesy of Drexel University Archives