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Clothing & Textiles

hat, quilts, purse and shoes from textile collection

The Clothing and Textiles Division of the Museum of Texas Tech University comprises over 32,000 objects. Its purpose is to provide examples of design for study and research. Of particular focus are items designed, made or used by tastemakers of all socio-economic levels in Texas and the Southwest as well as items that typically would have been used by tastemakers. Objects are collected for their artistic and historical value.

The loan of a frontier woman's drawn work apron, a gingham sunbonnet and homespun cotton stockings initiated the Clothing and Textiles Collection of the Museum in 1937. Today the remarkable, many-faceted collection, spanning 240 years, is evidence of the generosity and foresightedness of numerous individuals whose donations both of objects and acquisition funds has enriched the collection and added to the knowledge of the past.

Employing this valuable collection through exhibitions, “Come and See” and other public programs, and publications, the staff endeavors to actively engage the campus, community and broader research community. The purpose is to enhance the audience's understanding of themselves, their society and their world, to empower them to be ethical and productive citizens of the 21st century and to enrich their lives.

Current Exhibtions

Recent Quilt Acquisitions: 1830–1930
February 20 – September 20, 2024

From Rhinestones to Denim
October 24, 2023 – April 17, 2024

Books for Purchase

Cotton and Thrift: Feed Sacks & the Fabric of the American Household
Exhibition run: June 2019 – December 2019
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Sumptuous Stitches & Tiny Treasures
Exhibition run: May 2021 – January 2022
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Miss America Fashion
Exhibition run: December 2021 – March 2022
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The Clothing and Textiles Research Library at Texas Tech University contains many books related to the history of fashion, needlework, textiles, quilts, dolls, and needlework tools.  A complete list of holdings and fully scanned copies of the volumes ( if it is out of copyright protection) is available for your viewing.

C&T Library



Curator of Clothing and Textiles Dr. Marian Ann Montgomery takes us through the preservation of a silk quilt.

Recorded walkthrough of both the Miss America Fashion and Louise Hopkins Underwood Fashion exhibits.

Dress and Drinks Program | Conversations on Dress between the Museum's Curator of Clothing and Textiles, Dr. Marian Ann J. Montgomery, and the Costume Society of America.

Dr. Marian Ann Montgomery was featured on Texas Country Reporter! The episode was filmed in March 2022 and released in November 2022. The episode will be available for viewing via YouTube in June 2023. (Video credit to Texas Country Reporter Facebook Page.)

In this special edition of Coffee with Curators by the American Quilt Study Group, Marian Ann J. Montgomery, Ph.D., Curator of Clothing and Textiles Museum of Texas Tech University, and Carolyn Ducey, Ph.D., Ardis B. James curator of collections at the International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discuss a few quilts in their respective collections.

Come and See Program

The Come and See programs at the Museum of Texas Tech University offer a look into the massive closet that is the Museum's Clothing and Textiles collection.
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Want to learn more about the items in the collection?

New research, new acquisitions and general interest items from the world of fashion and textiles are shared on the Clothing and Textiles of the Museum of Texas Tech blog

orange and tan coat

Women's Garments




Men's & Military Garments


chintz medallion quilt


fur trimmed boy's coat

Children's Garments

silk embroidered needlework of Pharoah's daughter rescuing Moses from the Nile



feedsack undergarment


doily with black threadwork

Household Textiles

doll from circa 1900