Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles
The collection is housed in an 800 sq. ft third floor storage area in Erikson Hall and is comprised of approximately 2500 artifacts ranging in dates from 1870 to the 1970s. Begun in 1973 as a teaching tool with: women’s, men’s, and children’s garments; household textiles, lace and trim samples; and a collection of dolls from around the world. The women’s clothing collection includes several pieces that are of particular significance including the Lexington native Belle Breezing collection, Kentucky–born Mona Von Bismarck apparel, and an extensive hat collection. Currently the collection is being used in teaching, research, for exhibition and education. The international doll collection is currently on exhibit at the Lexington Children’s Museum and the Lexington Public Library. In 1995, the hat collection was on exhibit as “On Top Of It All” at the Headly-Whitney Museum.