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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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2020: The Clothes We Wore and the Stories They Tell

A Community-based Digital Exhibition

Gardening Gloves

2020: The Clothes We Wore and the Stories They Tell is the first online exhibition from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University (FHCC). The objects included in this exhibition were submitted by members of the Drexel community as the most reflective of their 2020 experience, a year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic and further marked by racial, social, and political unrest. 

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Galanos From Couture to Post Couture: A Designer With Integrity

October 19, 2018 - 2pm - 4pm

James G. Galanos Study Room (130G) at the FHCC
3501 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

American Diana and Parisian Venus: Women’s Fashions of the Jazz Age

February 24, 2018

Join Clare Sauro, Director and Chief Curator of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University, at the Sigal Museum in Easton, Pa. for a lively and informative exploration of the glamorous and liberating fashions of the 1920s.

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Curator Pick of the Month


Evening Dress by James Galanos

February 01, 2018

Galanos was known for his deft use of chiffon and other soft gossamer fabrics for garments utilizing pleating, fluting, tucking, and gathers.

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