"PURPLE: Fashion and Fancy, Highlights from the Texas Fashion Collection" is an exhibition of historic and designer wear that explores the cultural significance of the color purple.
"PURPLE" affords the visitor a glimpse into fashion history spanning three centuries. The exhibition includes 12 pieces on loan from the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas, a collection founded by the Dallas-based department store Neiman Marcus. It includes a range of garments and accessories, including evening dresses by well-known designers Victor Costa and Vera Wang, an Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress, a Fendi fur coat and a folkwear wedding dress.
The exhibition was made possible through a generous partnership with Annette Becker, director of the Texas Fashion Collection, and the charitable support of an anonymous donor. Becker curated the selection of designer pieces in collaboration with the show's co-curators, Ernest Jolicoeur and Anthony F. Mangieri from the Department of Art and Art History. A full color catalog with essays accompanies this exhibition.
The gallery is handicap accessible, with parking along Lawrence and Leroy avenues. Its exhibits are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery is closed on Mondays.