The Drexel Digital Museum Project (DDM) is an international, interdisciplinary group of researchers focused on production, conservation and dissemination of new media for exhibition of historic fashion. Collaborators include: Drexel’s Colleges of Media Arts & Design, Computing and Informatics,  the  Hagerty Library iDEA E-Repository, and the Fox Historic Costume Collection; Seoul National University; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; the Fulbright Foundation; and the Costume Society of America. CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW TO VIEW OBJECTVR 3D INTERACTIVE IMAGES
Jessie Franklin Turner evening gown 1932

Jessie Franklin Turner. Evening gown. c. 1932. Image Collection: Drexel Digital Museum. Object Collection: Fox Historic Costume Collection. Gift of Mrs. Lewis H. Parsons. 64.59.7.

Christian Lacroix 1998

Christian Lacroix. Evening gown. c. 1990. Image Collection: Drexel Digital Museum. Object Collection: Mari Shaw.

Unknown designer tea dress 1932

Designer not known. Tea dress. c. 1930. Image Collection: Drexel Digital Museum. Object Collection: Fox Historic Costume Collection. Gift of Mrs. William H. Peace II. 69.4.1.

Our team has created prototype 3D interactive media, OBJECTVR , that allow the viewer to be an active participant in the exhibition of historic fashion. These images may be displayed at up to 3 times life size and re-purposed as HTML5 to display on the world wide web.  Rich metadata descriptions, mapped to current standards of archiving, of these media ensure their persistent discovery, access and conservation via iDEA, the digital repository of the Drexel Libraries Group.

Animation: DDM Evening gown. Helena Rubinstein. c. 1930. Image Collection: Drexel Digital Museum Project. Object Collection: Fox Historic Costume Collection. 64.94.19. Gift of Mrs. Larry Stage.

The pattern-making, rendering and animation for the project above were realized using the Digital Clothing Suite, a software developed by the Digital Clothing Center, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea,and as part of an MOU between their lab and the Drexel Digital Museum Project,Westphal College, Drexel University. The project was funded by a ‘Digital Clothing Technology Development’ grant awarded by the Korean Ministry of Knowledge and Economics. MORE DIGITAL CLOTHING

Hubert d’Givenchy. Evening gown. 1963. Image Collection: Drexel Digital Museum. Object Collection: Fox Historic Costume Collection. 69.11.1. Gift of Her Royal Highness Princes Grace (Kelly) of Monaco

Geoffrey Beene. Evening gown and jacket. 1980s. Image Collection: Drexel Digital Museum. Object Collection: Iris Barrel Apfel.

Charles James. Evening gown. 1948. Image Collection: Drexel Digital Museum.Object Collection: Fox Historic Costume Collection. 64.35.2. Gift of Mrs. William S. (Babe) Paley.

The gowns above were originally imaged and displayed as Quick Time Virtual Reality movies. Apple stopped supporting QuickTime in 2010 and eventually the .mov files generated by QuickTime were so longer able to be played on most browsers. Because of the best practices standards we employed in the original imaging, we were able to re-purpose the files as plugin free MP4.

3D panorama, A.J.Drexel Picture Gallery. (re-creation), Main Building, Drexel University. Photographers: Nick Jushchyshyn and Sarah Kenderdine.

We also use GigaPan technology to make panoramas of historic spaces. We plan to integrate the ObjectVR files into the panoramas for virtual exhibition. The Drexel Digital Museum is also home to galleries of textile and fashion design from private collections which follow.