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Opening the Witte Wardrobe: 85 Years of Collecting Textiles

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1934_Evening_GownAugust 20, 2011 - March 25, 2012
Betty Coates Textile Gallery

Opening the Witte Wardrobe: 85 Years of Collecting Textiles
celebrates the Witte Museum's 85th anniversary and highlights one of the Witte’s largest collections, textiles. See the beauty and artistry of the Witte’s fashion collection through a selection of clothing and accessories spanning more than 150 years of fashion. The Witte Museum began collecting historic clothing after the museum opened... in 1926. Over the next 50 years, the collection grew rapidly. In 1976, Curator Cecilia Steinfeldt sought to bring order to the collection. Steinfeldt focused on a fashion-based collection, chronologically, which became a resource for a variety of organizations, from university costume history classes to Needlework Guilds. In 1995, Michaele Haynes, Ph.D. became Curator and her background in anthropology brought a new perspective to the Textile Collection, adding emphasis to the everyday artifacts and their social context. Today, the Witte Museum continues to collect textiles that tell the story of life in South Texas.

Included with museum admission.