This empire waisted brown linen dress with white patent leather belt was worn in 1969 by Mrs. Arnold J. Kremen, whose husband Dr. Arnold Kremen served in World War II, retired from the US Army as a Major, and became a renown surgeon. The cool, comfortable dress is an excellent example of the simple, comfortable, dressy women’s wear that Geoffrey Beene was recognized for. Although 45 years old, the style would be acceptable to wear today. Gift of the sons of the Kremens, Dr. Alan Kremen of Oroville, CA and Dr. Mark Kremen of Omaha. TTU-H1971-085-014. Rochas for Spring 2017 is showing an empire line dress in silk with feminine ruffles along the empire line, spaghetti straps worn over a knitted t-shirt, below.
A recent addition to the collection is this Seven Sisters Quilt which was probably made in the 1890s by Mattye Mae Taylor who lived in Graham, Texas. It came to the Museum as a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Joe Moody (Charlotte Lamb), TTU-H2016-020-002. Nancy Cabot who wrote about quilts in a syndicated column through the Chicago Tribune said in 1933 that The Seven sisters quilt block is dedicated to “the seven lovely daughters of the Fowler family” of Old Virginia. Other names for the pattern in 1933 when Nancy wrote the column were Seven Stars and Virginia Pride.
Welcome to the new blog from the Clothing and Textiles Division of the Museum of Texas Tech University. Periodically new research, new acquisitions and general interest items from the world of fashion and textiles will be shared.
There are thousands of stories in the over 32,000 objects in the Clothing and Textiles collection and this is the place those stories will be shared. I hope to share with you what I’m discovering in the collection and hope you enjoy the stories.