New Threads showcases the Avenir Museum’s recent acquisitions, and examines what makes a textile or apparel object “museum worthy” for acceptance into our collection. Many objects collected by the Avenir are intended as study pieces and are used for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research. Many of these objects may never be used in a public exhibition. The Lucile E. Hawks Gallery provides a space for these pieces to be seen by the public before they are permanently housed in the museum’s storage facility. Fascinating additions to the collection include lingerie from a 1926 wedding trousseau, a vibrantly dyed serape from Monterrey, Mexico, and a pair of Moroccan goatskin cushion covers.
The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is our flagship location, featuring exhibitions from our extensive collection of textile and historic costume artifacts.