The Drexel Digital Museum Project: Historic Costume Collection (digimuse) is a searchable image database comprised of selected fashion from the Drexel Historic Costume Collection (DHCC), designs loaned to the project by private collectors for inclusion on the website, fashion exhibitions curated by Drexel faculty and fashion research by faculty and students. To best present and create access to this online resource, the image standards of the Museums and the Online Archive of California initiative and the metadata harvesting protocols of the Open Archive Initiative have been implemented to insure sustainability, extensibility and portability of the digimuse digital archive. Thank you to the Barra Foundation, the William B. Dietrich Foundation, the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, CollectiveAccess, Lois Lunin and the Westphal College for their generous support of the project.
Housed in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design,
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, the Drexel Historic Costume Collection (DHCC) had its beginning in the 1890s when members of the Drexel family began assembling a collection of notable garments, accessories and textiles. The DHCC represents over 200 years of historic fashion and textile design. Shoes, millinery, lingerie, and other accessories represent an opportunity to study an entire period ensemble. The Collection is estimated to contain more than 10,000 items. Most significant fashion designers of the 20th century are represented. Click on "More about the DHCC"
to learn about this world class collection.