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UNT Insider | June 2007 Issue | UNT's Texas Fashion Collection

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First Lady tours fashion exhibition

From InHouse, UNT's faculty and staff news source


First Lady Laura Bush took a tour May 26 of the

First Lady Laura Bush took a tour May 26 of the "Balenciaga and His Legacy" exhibition curated by Myra Walker, director of UNT's Texas Fashion Collection, for the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University.

First Lady Laura Bush took a tour May 26 of the "Balenciaga and His Legacy" exhibition curated by Myra Walker, director of UNT's Texas Fashion Collection, for the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University.


Walker and a handful of select guests joined Bush during her tour of the exhibition, which includes the Oscar de la Renta gown Bush wore to the second presidential inauguration.


The work of Cristóbal Balenciaga greatly influenced de la Renta, Hubert de Givenchy, Emanuel Ungaro and André Courrèges.


Examples of each designers' work are included in the exhibition, which opened Feb. 4 and ran through June 17, and featured more than 100 pieces from UNT's Texas Fashion Collection, as well as two loaned pieces (including Bush's gown).


After her tour Bush told members of the media, "I'm so excited to have this chance to see the Balenciaga show. I want to urge people across Texas to come to this show."


The collection began in 1938 when Stanley and Edward Marcus preserved examples of top designers' work in honor of their aunt Carrie Marcus Neiman, a co-founder of the Neiman Marcus store. The Carrie Marcus Neiman Foundation maintained the collection after her death in 1953, and the Dallas Fashion Group took over in the 1960s at the Apparel Mart.


The collection, then known as the Dallas Museum of Fashion, came to the UNT campus in 1972 and was later renamed the Texas Fashion Collection. It has grown from 3,000 items to more than 15,000 historic items today.

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June 2007

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