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Helen Louise Allen alter detail

Helen Louise Allen Altar Project

Featuring an iconic image of Professor Helen Louise Allen, a large collaborative art installation by is on display in the main entry of Nancy Nicholas Hall. Measuring 4-1/2’ x 8’, In Honor of Helen is composed of 12 individual works by artists with a connection to the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. The Collection is […]

Mulberry Maze fabric detail

Textile Tuesday: The Norton Sisters of Folly Cove

– Margaret Norton, Tablecloth in Mulberry Maze print, United States, 1947, ink on cotton, 71 x 44 in. – Schumacher Company, Drapery Fabric in Polka Dot Pony print, designed by Hetty Beatty Whitney, United States, 1946, ink on cotton Marina Moskowitz is the Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design, in […]

Close up of embroidery on sleeve

Textile Tuesday: Spanish Sleeve

Sleeve, Spain, late 17th/early 18th century, wool on linen, 20 x 17 in. Danielle Philips is entering her final year as a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Retailing and Consumer Behavior. Last semester, I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and thought that through this project, I could learn more about the […]

Close up of embroidery on textile tuesday apparel fabric

Textile Tuesday: Apparel Fabric with Metallic Embroidery

Apparel Fabric, Asia, 1800-1829, metallic thread, silk Ellyn Webb is a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Retailing and Consumer Behavior and completing a Certificate in Textiles. This textile is from the early 1800s in Asia, made of silk and metallic thread. We do not know exactly which country it is from, […]

Pink Dress for Textile Tuesday

Textile Tuesday: Silk Dress

Dress, United States of America, 1940-1949, silk, 58”x36” Corinn Ebelis a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design. This dress, a gift in honor of Milwaukee’s Pabst family, is a beautiful memoir of custom dressmaking and embroidery. It shows superior craftsmanship of its time, and pride in the industry’s […]

Futon Cover Fragment

Textile Tuesday: Chrysanthemum Print

Futon Cover Fragment, Japan, 1868-1912, 14×13 in  By Sophie Downs, a fourth year student in SoHE, studying Textiles and Fashion Design.  This floral piece of cloth is a futon cover fragment from Japan from the turn of the twentieth century. A futon (pronounced fu-tone not fu-tan) is a Japanese style of bed that is essentially […]

Hungarian men's coat detail buckle

Textile Tuesday: Hungarian Men’s Coat

Coat with tooled leather and buckle 1996, Hungary, 2002.06.001 With winter storms and sub-zero temperatures in Wisconsin, we’re featuring a warm woolen coat for this week’s Textile Tuesday. This beautiful piece is on display until April 14 as part of the Design Gallery show Appliqué to Zardozi: A Celebration Sampler. Warm up with a visit […]

Renaissance Italian Chasuble detail 2

Textile Tuesday: A Renaissance Italian Chasuble

Metallic and silk thread on linen, 1400-1499, Italy By Austin Morrow, a third-year student in Design Studies, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. This fifteenth-century Catholic chasuble from the northeastern shore of Italy is an incredible example of many different art forms. A chasuble is a part of the vestment, or ceremonial dress, of a Catholic […]

Design Studies MFA student Mali Mrozinski researching WPA Milwaukee Handicrafts Project textiles. Block printed wall hanging, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1935-1943, HLATC P.D.US.0030 Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, Spring 2014.

Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection Awarded CAP Grant

CAP Grant The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection was one of 75 national museums and libraries selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. Administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works, CAP assists museums in improving the care of their […]

TFD Threads

TFD Student Life

Threads Fashion Show Each year, TFD majors collaborate with UW-Madison students across the campus for the Threads fashion show and design event, a professional production that highlights the work of our TFD students. Design Gallery and Textile Collection TFD students have year-round access to two inspirational, in-house resources. The Ruth Davis Design Gallery provides a […]

IA Study Abroad

IA Student Life

The Design Gallery and Textile Collection SoHE Interior Architecture students have access to two exceptional in-house educational resources. The Ruth Davis Design Gallery provides a premier exhibition space for student portfolio shows and critiques. And, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is a research resource with more than 13,000 pieces, making it one of the […]