The Design Center

Philadelphia University‘s Historic Textile Collection houses over 200,000 textile and fashion related objects in a historic midcentury house. Their staff started a Tumblr to share their swatch collection online, ranging from Victorian mill engraved prints to midcentury interiors textiles. They are also on Pinterest. This is a resource worthy of hyperventilation if I’ve ever seen one!

{ Thanks to Collections Curator Sarah Moore for letting me share these images! }


  1. alexia says:

    wow. wht an amazing resource, thanks for sharing Kim!

  2. Jan says:

    Oh, Kim! Thanks for sharing this information. What a fabulous treasure trove of design and pattern!

  3. sara says:

    awesome. could drool over those for hours. the strawberries!

  4. LeAnn says:

    Thank you! I had no idea!!

  5. Diane Hill says:

    I graduated from Philadelphia University in 2003 with a degree in Fashion Design. How nice to see the college mentioned here. They have a Pucci dress in their archives I would love to get my hands on.