Experience fashion,
past and present

The TFC has organized numerous exhibitions and regularly facilitates artifact loans to cultural institutions around the world. Past and current partnerships have resulted in a number of robust displays relating to the design and social history represented by dress objects organized in traditional museum spaces and unconventional public venues. If your institution is interested in borrowing artifacts for an exhibition in a stable and secure location, please contact TFC director Annette Becker tfc@unt.edu.

Upcoming Exhibitions

West Dressed

April 13-June 17

NorthPark Center, Dallas
Fashions Inspired by the American Frontier: The American West looms large in our imaginations, with tall tales, spaghetti westerns, and other forms of visual culture creating a fantastical and idealized view of the past. This exhibition presents American, Native American, and international fashion designers whose work encourages us to think more deeply about our own ideas of this larger-than-life past. Learn more at NorthPark Dallas

On Bodies

August 2 – September 15

The Goss-Michael Foundation
“On Bodies” features works from the permanent collection of the TFC and The Goss-Michael Foundation, one of the premier collections of contemporary British fine art in the United States.  High fashion ensembles by John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Todd Oldham, Zac Posen, and other illustrate the ways that fashion designers literally and figuratively shape our bodies, while artworks by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, James Gilbert, and others offer more abstracted ways of considered our complex embodied experiences. Learn more at The Goss-Michael Foundation.

Sportswear to Athleisure

October 6 – November 23

UNT Fashion on Main
The Creation of Comfortable Clothing: This exhibition features historic ensembles from iconic sportswear designers Claire McCardell, Vera Maxwell, and Calvin Klein and includes recent acquisitions by Riccardo Tisci, Yohji Yamamoto, Charles Smith II, and Mary Katrantzou.  Together these ensembles demonstrate the chronology of comfortable clothing, from early outdoor leisure fashions to stylish gym-to-street athleisure of today. Learn more at UNT Fashion on Main

Current Exhibition

Age of the Supermodel

September 15 – December 20, 2018
On view at Galleria Dallas
Presented in partnership with 1814 Magazine and Maison Christian Lacroix, this exhibition features the world of haute couture in the early 1990s. Shown alongside Donna DeMari’s behind-the-scenes photographs of supermodels preparing for Paris Fashion Week and runway footage from the Paris catwalk, the TFC offers ten haute couture and high fashion ensembles by Balmain, Oscar de la Renta, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, and Valentino. Together these illustrate a highly charged mement in fashion history when haute couture faced the challenge of defining itself and fashion was defined.
learn more at Galleria Dallas

Past Exhibitions

Egyptian Elegance
Adrian: Glamour in the Age of Austerity
Children’s Play
American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity