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Art, Science, and Industry: Historic Costume Collections in the 21st Century

November 13-14, 2015

In conjunction with the exhibition Immortal Beauty: Highlights from The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University will host a symposium on the role of historic costume collections in the 21st Century.  Is fashion truly art, or should it be considered material culture? Where does it fit in the contest of academic study? How can technology assist in both preservation and accessibility for items of dress? Is the physical object still relevant in the age of social media? All of these questions and many others will be addressed.

Registration to attend the symposium will be available online by September 2015.  All questions can be directed via email to or by phone (215) 895-3504