Our 15,000-item collection, comprised mostly of donations, consists of clothing and accessories worn by men, women and children, dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. With a focus on middle- and working- class Americans, clothing from all walks of life is represented. Visitors can expect to see beaded Charleston dresses from the 1920s, Victorian corsets and Chinese binding shoes. The Archives takes pride in its pieces from designers such as Chanel, Scaasi, Cashin and Trigere.
Space limitations have compelled the Fashion Archives to freeze large-scale acquisitions on a temporary basis. However, particularly select items can still be housed. Potential donors should contact the Fashion Archives for more information:
Phone: (717) 477-1239
Please note that due to conservation and storage issues, the Fashion Archives cannot accept any natural furs.