The collections of the department of textile art and fashion encompass over 5,000 objects from Asia, Europe, North and South America, and range from archeological textiles to contemporary works of art in fiber.
NOW ON VIEW: See artworks from the textile art and fashion collection in the cross-departmental exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art.
- Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard (March 25-July 22, 2018)
- Dior: From Paris to the World (November 18, 2018-March 3, 2019)
EXPLORE THE COLLECTION ONLINE: Browse artworks from the textile art and fashion collection anytime. Check back often for additions and updates.
Notable aspects of the textile art collection include:
- An internationally recognized collection of more than 300 American quilts. These include Indiana Wreath quilt, by Charlotte Jane Whitehill (1866-1964), and The Matterhorn quilt by Myrtle M. Fortner (1880-1966), Both were honored as being among the 100 best quilts of the 1900s.
- The Julia Wolf Glasser collection, given by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Grimes, comprises more than 100 samplers, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and made in Europe, North and South America.
- The Charlotte Hill Grant collection of more than 600 Chinese textiles, court robes, and accessories—primarily late Qing Dynasty—acquired by Mrs. Grant in China in the 1920s and 1930s, and subsequently gifted to the museum by her children, James P. Grant and Betty Austin Grant, in 1977.
- Ecclesiastical vestments and textiles from the Renaissance to the 1900s, particularly the gift of Rev. John Krenzke.
Dior: From Paris to the World surveys 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of 150 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century. More
This exhibition presents the award-winning editorial work by artist Jim Howard. More than 100 works on paper showcase Howard’s four-decade fashion illustration career, starting with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s, and through the ‘70s and ‘80s. More
News & Stories
Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between kicked off at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the Met Gala on May 1. Didn’t have one of the coveted tickets? Never fear. More
Watch a video to see how the museum created custom-made supports for some of the garments in Shock Wave. More
Müller discusses the opportunities and challenges of adding fashion to the DAM's collection, shares her opinion about the differences between Denver and Paris, and more. More
Note: The Thread Studio, Textile Art Gallery, and PreVIEW Open Window will be closed for installation August 8–September 10. More
Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the collections management department just completed an upgrade of the rolled textile storage collection. See their work in a time-lapse video and photographs. More
The Denver Art Museum recently announced that three curators joined the museum. Below is a brief introduction. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get to know them and their growing art collections.
Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art More
Publications by and about the textile art department include:
- Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s. Florence Müller with foreword by Christoph Heinrich and biographies by Jane Burke. Denver Art Museum, 2016.
- Companion to First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection. Alice M. Zrebiec. Denver Art Museum, 2014.
- Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China’s Last Dynasty. Alice M. Zrebiec. Denver Art Museum, 2013.
- Yves Saint Laurent. Florence Müller and Farid Chenoune. New York: Abrams, 2010.
- American Patchwork Quilt: The Denver Art Museum Collection. Tokyo: Kokusai Art, 1986.
- Secret Splendors of the Chinese Court: Qing Dynasty Textiles from the Charlotte Hill Grant Collection. Denver: Denver Art Museum, 1981.
- Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion
- Jane Burke, Senior Curatorial Assistant of Textile Art and Fashion
- Stefania Van Dyke, Interpretive Specialist
- Allison McCloskey, Associate Conservator of Textiles
- Emma Schmitt, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Textile Conservation
- Dr. Alice M. Zrebiec, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art 2012-2015 (consulting curator 1996-2012)
- Imelda G. DeGraw, Curator 1965-1992
- Lydia Roberts Dunham, Curator 1955-1962