FHCC Events & Seminars

DHCC History & Preservation

FHCC Events & Seminars

Style Saturday – March 8, 2014 

"Grace Kelly: Icon of Beauty and Style"*

Join us Saturday, May 10th at 9:45 a.m. in the URBN Center Lobby (3501 Market St., Philadelphia) for an extended look at Philadelphia’s beloved Grace Kelly, both in the context of 1950s & 1960s fashion and as an enduring icon of style.

Grace Kelly: Icon of Beauty and Style

This seminar includes a lecture/presentation by Fox Historic Costume Collection curator Clare Sauro, light refreshments, and an exclusive viewing of the coral encrusted couture gown worn by Princess Grace of Monaco in 1965 alongside designer fashions of the 1950s & 1960s that exemplify the “Grace Kelly look”. Tickets may be purchased online at All proceeds will benefit the Fox Historic Costume Collection. Please contact us at 215- 571-3504 or for more information.

*An earlier version of this lecture was presented to the Drexel Alumni Association in January 2014

Past Events

Style Saturday – March 8, 2014 "In Bloom: The Fashion for Florals"

Fashion journalists are heralding the return of floral prints for the Spring 2014 season, but did they ever really go away? From the rococo rose to the pop art daisy, floral motifs have been a perennial favorite. Join Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) curator Clare Sauro for an extended look at fashionable florals throughout the centuries at our Style Saturday seminar, Saturday, March 8 from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., meeting in the URBN Center Lobby (3501 Market St., Philadelphia).

This seminar will include a lecture and presentation by Sauro, titled “In Bloom: The Fashion for Florals,” and an exclusive behind the scenes look at examples in the FHCC collection. Style Saturday tickets are $50 and include light refreshments. All proceeds will benefit the Fox Historic Costume Collection.

Fashion Friday – October 25, 2013 "History of 1920s Fashion"

Due to strong interest in our Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC), we have launched quarterly, full-day Fashion Friday events with educational seminars on fashion history and a specialized viewing of this amazing collection of more than 12,000 garments and accessories worn by such notables as Greta Garbo, Babe Paley and Princess Grace. 

The first FHCC Fashion Friday event was held Friday, October 25th with a seminar on the History of 1920s Fashion. The History of 1920s Fashion seminar, by FHCC Curator Clare Sauro, took an extended look at the fashions of the jazz age – a period when fashionable women abandoned the restrictive clothing styles of previous generations. Fashions from this era have become popular again thanks to hit TV shows Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire and Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby.