Historical Clothing Collection

Mary H. Farahnakian, PhD is an Associate Professor of the Theatre and Media Arts Department at Brigham Young University. She is the Curator of the BYU/TMA Historical Clothing Collection. The collection is organized by period as well as gender, and other identification. Visual images, accompanied by written descriptions, have been electronically archived under five main categories: Women, Men, Children, Intimate Clothing, and Accessories. The dates of clothing artifacts are registered from the late eighteenth century through the 1990’s. Financial support of this university historic clothing collection is maintained by patrons’ donations and university, college and departmental grants. Over 3000 clothing artifacts have been historically researched and have accession numbers.

Brigham Young University owns these unique artifacts and will happily share additional information and images with interested scholars, students, and genealogists for their research purposes. Please contact Dr. Mary Farahnakian at 801-422-7168 or mary_farahnakian@byu.edu with inquires.

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If you are looking for an object such as a dress, suit, hat or scarf, type the name of the object in the search box and select Title from the drop down. If you are interested in the object categories Dr. Farahnakian has used, type one of the following in the search box and select Category from the drop down: women, men, children, intimate clothing, accessories. The Description field gives the option to search for more specific items, such as black shoes or pink purse.