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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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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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James Galanos: Design Integrity

October 19, 2018 - December 21, 2018 and January 8, 2019 - January 27, 2019
Pearlstein Gallery

1956 promotional photograph for Galanos. A woman wears a white, beaded, strapless gown with long white opera gloves

The exhibit will place his work in the context of American fashion from the post-war period through the 1990s and celebrate his innovative approach to construction and embellishment. This reevaluation will assert his role as one of the premier designers of the 20th century and will be designed to appeal to younger audiences who may not be familiar with his work. The exhibition will draw heavily from the primary materials of the James G. Galanos Archive at Drexel University, creating an immersive experience and allowing for a greater understanding of this intensely private designer. On view will be approximately 60 ensembles alongside a rich array of sketches, photographs and other related materials. The exhibition is organized by Clare Sauro, FHCC director and chief curator.

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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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