What we wear is a vehicle for personal expression, a reflection of society, and a form of art. In the Sage Fashion Collection at Indiana University, which includes clothing, accessories, and related items from the past and present—our social history comes to life. Overseen by the School of Art and Design, the Sage Fashion Collection serves as a resource for students, professionals, and the public. Its holdings encompass a museum-quality collection spanning more than 250 years, as well as a hands-on study collection used in classrooms and fashion design studios. Just a sample of the more than 25,000 objects include military, occupational, and sports uniforms; haute couture; Senior Cords, Indiana’s unique expression of school pride; ensembles designed by noted European and American designers including Hoosier natives Bill Blass, Halston, and Norman Norell; as well as fashion publications, DVDs, and videotapes.
Research appointments are available to those interested in studying specific costume and textile objects. To schedule a research appointment, contact Kelly Richardson.