Texas Tech University

Student Attire: Prom Gowns, Letter Jackets, and Beanies

August 16, 2022 – February 5, 2023

Student Attire Gallery

In honor of the upcoming Centennial celebrations for Texas Tech University, the Museum's Clothing and Textile Division is exhibiting garments worn by both high school and college students over the last 100 years. Some of these were worn by students at Texas Tech University while other pieces were worn in local high schools and other college/universities across the state of Texas.

Student attire differs from that worn by adults. The silhouette of high fashion, designed for an older, sophisticated woman is often simplified with fewer details or in softer colors for the younger set. Beginning in the 1950s students dressed in fads populairze by other students. Included in this exhibit are three freshman beanies bearing the year of their intended graduation, a pair of boots made specially to bring to Texas Technological College by one if its first incoming freshman, high school letter jackets and a college letter sweater, as well as beautiful prom and other gowns for formal occasions, all worn by the youth of the time.

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