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Drexel Snapshot: This Magical Wardrobe Will Transport You Through Fashion History

Photo by Michael J. Shepherd.
Photo by Michael J. Shepherd.

From designs by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel to Christian Dior and Oscar de la Renta, the long-awaited and highly anticipated Immortal Beauty: Highlights of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection exhibition – now open to the public – features more than 75 rare artifacts from three centuries of fashion history.

Photo by Michael J. Shepherd.

Highlights include a stunning Charles James gown that was custom-made for American TV and style icon Babe Paley in the 1940s and a gorgeous coral-encrusted Givenchy couture gown worn by Grace Kelly (then Princess Grace of Monaco) in 1965, which will go back into storage after the exhibition.

The exhibition marks the first large-scale, retrospective exhibition of Drexel’s Fox Historic Costume Collection, a museum-quality collection of more than 14,000 textiles, garments and accessories, and one of the nation’s finest and oldest teaching collections. Watch a video clip about the Collection here.

The exhibition will be on display in the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design (3401 Filbert St.) through Dec. 12. It is FREE and open to the public, Tuesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The full press release about the exhibition is here.

For more information, interviews or images, members of the news media should contact Alex McKechnie at or 215-895-2705.

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