Fashion Forward

How the fashion innovations of yesterday impact our closets today

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Fashion Forward explores the evolution of style and how we think about clothes, all through a Texas lens. Each featured designer shaped the world of fashion, earning the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion.

The great thing about fashion is that it always looks forward.Oscar de la Renta

The innovative designs and designers featured in Fashion Forward found their way from international fashion houses to Texan closets, from fashion-forward trend to classic wardrobe staple. Primarily drawing from the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas, one of the most significant fashion archives in the U.S., Fashion Forward positions Dallas and Texas as an unexpected fashion epicenter. 

Highlights include pieces representing Christian Dior’s “New Look,” the casual American style of Ann Klein and Geoffrey Beene, and the Italian craftsmanship of Missoni and Emilio Pucci. 

Inside the Exhibition:

  • Explore the historical and cultural context of garments from some of the fashion world's biggest names
  • Take an in-depth look at the elements that make award-winning fashion
  • Learn how to speak the language of fashion design while exploring the details featured in the pieces on display
  • Create your own looks at a fabric draping station
  • Touch sample fabrics and better understand why designers use them
  • Strike a pose on the runway

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Organized by the Bullock Museum in collaboration with the Texas Fashion Collection, College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas.

Special exhibitions are generously sponsored by Union Pacific.

Additional support for exhibitions and education programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.