Jefferson’s Design Center Collection A Treasure Trove of Fashion History: The National

The Textile and Costume Collection of The Design Center at Jefferson is a treasure trove of fashion history that helps students pull from the past to create designs of the future, Amtrak’s The National magazine reported in the June-July issue.

The Collection “spans global history— including Coptic textiles from the first century C.E.—and traces Philadelphia’s textile history through artifacts like an 18th-century quilt designed by calico printer John Hewson and Stetson fedoras, which were made across town, in the Kensington neighborhood, until the 1970s,” the story noted.

Design Center curator Jade Papa and students Tommy Heidebrecht, April Traugott and Sabrina Pinello were featured in the article.

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