Museum of Fashion and Textiles
The Museum of Fashion and Textiles at Louisiana Tech University was established to preserve and exhibit the fashion heritage of the North Louisiana area. The collection, initiated in 1976 as a result of a donation of fifty garments for a private collection of Virginia Laskey of Ruston was formally organized as a museum in 1983. Conservation techniques were implemented and professional standards were emphasized. Items were cataloged as (1) fashion, costumes, and accessories, (2) textiles and (3) paper (patterns, magazines, catalogs, and photographs).
Eventually, the Museum occupied the entire second floor of the Home Management Center for Research (former President's home and Ropp Center). In 1993, the Museum was moved across campus to Carson Taylor Hall. In 2000, the Museum inherited a vast collection of treasures from the estate of Winifred Spencer Williams, which increased the collection size to over 3000 pieces.
The Museum is the only one of its type in Louisiana as well as in surrounding states. The collections represent a comprehensive array of women's fashions from the late 19th Century and the 20th Century. It is a study collection designed for learning experiences and research by the public at large, faculty, colleagues, students, individuals with private collections, local and area museums and universities.
Teaching, research, and public service have served as criteria for the philosophy of the Museum of Fashion and Textiles. The collections are an educational tool of university classes in historical costume, apparel evaluation, fashion design, and dramatic arts. Students have the opportunity to view dress for 1880 until the present.
Historical and documentary research is possible in the areas of conservation, preservation environmental conditions, or a particular facet of fashion and fabric design.
Donating to the Museum
Protecting the collections necessitate funds for storage supplies and for conservation materials. Additional needs for exhibition of pieces are also important. Your monetary gift can help tremendously in maintaing the Museum. These gifts are tax deductible. Interested persons are encouraged to contribute to the Museum of Fashion and Textiles through the Louisiana Tech University Foundation. (1-800-738-7950) PO Box 3183, Ruston, LA 71272.