Follow the Thread

a textile & costume history blog from the Design Center at Thomas Jefferson University


The Textile and Costume Collection at the Design Center is a resource not only for Jefferson faculty and students, but also for independent scholars, museums, designers, and companies interested in using historical material for new objectives and design.

Individual or group visits to the Design Center are by appointment. To schedule a visit, please contact Jade Papa, Curator, at

For complete guidelines for visiting the collection, click here.

Our address:

The Design Center
Thomas Jefferson University
4200 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19144

tel. 215.951.2860

Jada Papa, Curator,

Ann Wilson, Special Collections Technician,

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