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Upcoming Exhibition: Philadelphia In Style Learn More
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Welcome to the Collection

The Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry was founded by financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel in 1891. Drexel believed that the study of art and design was essential to a well-rounded education and earmarked one million dollars, equal to more than 26 million dollars today, specifically for the purchase of art and artifacts.

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Plan Your Visit

The Fox Historic Costume Collection accommodates collections tours for groups of up to 30 people, research appointments for individual researchers and academic groups, and class requests, as well as individual student visits.

To schedule a tour or appointment, contact 215.571.3504 or

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Philadelphia In Style: A Century of Fashion

March 13, 2016 - June 26, 2016


Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion from the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University illuminates the rich sartorial legacy of a city that has often been overshadowed by New York, but in reality has played a significant role in American fashion

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The Women of Fashion

April 12, 2016

Clare Sauro, FHCC Curator, will give a presentation on the many fashionable women of the Philadelphia region.

The Century of the Designer

April 5, 2016

Clare Sauro, FHCC Curator, will give an overview of the great designers of the 20th Century, with particular emphasis on the early dominance of French Couture and the rise of international fashion in the postwar period.

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Curator Pick of the Month


Hat by Olivia Turner

July 01, 2017

Olivia Turner, a founding member of the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers, made and sold hats out of her West Philadelphia shop. 

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