Friday, May 3, 2013

13th POST: DREXEL UNIVERSITY URBN CENTER

 
Last month I attended the opening of Drexel University’s $80 million industrial warehouse-style URBN Center. Talk about fabulous!
 
While there I made sure to visit its costume collection’s new location. Philadelphia fashion columnist Elizabeth Wellington wrote about this high-tech storage space in her column Mirror, Mirror, published in the Inquirer’s Style-Soul section this past Wednesday, May 1.  According to Ms. Wellington’s article, What's in Drexel's closets? Timeless textile treasures, Allen Sabinson, dean of Media Arts and Design said the idea [for the Historic Costume Collection]  is to pull from the grouping for fashion exhibitions and to be a go-to research facility for couture, ready-to-wear, and costume designers.
 
Below are some of the pictures I took of the fashion design department, one of many Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design majors now housed in the building.
 
 
 
 
 
The space now available for this major is unbelievable. Huge cutting tables, beautiful Juki industrial sewing machines, new dress forms, plenty of locker storage.