New Apparel Line Uses Textile Prints From The Design Center at PhilaU

This handcrafted duck cloth pant from Fishtown denim, canvas and leather goods company Norman Porter features The Design Center’s army tent camp print in the pocket lining.

Historic prints from the collection of The Design Center at Philadelphia University have been incorporated into a limited edition clothing and accessories line that will debut at Art In The Age of Mechanical Reproduction as part of First Friday festivities Nov. 1.

The Philadelphia gallery will launch the Philly Print Collection at a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 116 North 3rd Street in Old City. Art In The Age collaborated with Fishtown-based designer Norman Porter, as well as Taylor Stitch, Ebbets Field and W&P Design to repurpose four historic prints from the 1880s into new pieces inspired by Philadelphia’s rich textile industry after the Civil War.


This custom men’s and women’s button-down shirt from Taylor Stitch features an 1885 hog print from The Design Center’s archive.

Collections curator Sarah Moore said The Design Center was pleased to collaborate with Art In The Age on the project, which includes a men’s and women’s shirts, work pants, cap and a satchel. “I worked closely with Art In The Age to select four conversational prints from our historic textile collection,” Moore said. “These unique prints tie the limited-edition capsule collection together. It is so exciting to see our archival prints repurposed on newly designed American-made products.”

The collection includes a Taylor Stitch button-down shirt featuring a hog print; handcrafted duck cloth pants by Norman Porter featuring an army tent camp print in the pocket lining; a W&P Design satchel featuring a screw print on the inside pocket lining; and an Ebbets Field Flannels baseball cap featuring a cannon print under the brim. The items range in price from $54 to $279.

To read more about the event, read this story in uwishunu.

The Design Center, houses more than 200,000 items related to PhilaU’s historic and rare fashion and textile collection. Prints from The Design Center textile collection previously have been used in designs by Free People, part of Urban Outfitters.  Read more about the collection on The Design Center’s Tumblr.

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