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Welcome to Teaching History with Historic Clothing Artifacts

Clothing is a familiar item for all people. This led the Ohio State University Historic Costume & Textiles Collection and the History Teaching Institute to partner to develop innovative curricula correlated to academic standards in United States History for eighth through twelfth grades using primary source historic nineteenth and twentieth century clothing artifacts. Through this effort students will see the connection between themselves and history through historic clothing artifacts and the technologies used to produce these items of clothing.


1920s black velvet with black lace Robe de Style dress 1940s yellow cotton print dress 1886-1887 green wool bodice and skirt Emilio Pucci silk jersey knit orange brown and pink abstract design dress ca. 1960-1969


The Historic Costume & Textiles Collection developed Fashion2Fiber (F2F) http://fashion2fiber.osu.edu and the Fiber Reference Image Library (http://fril.osu.edu) as digital references to enhance learning with historic costume and textile artifacts. It is not always possible for artifacts to be taken into the classroom at the college level, let alone to classrooms in middle and high schools. This digital tool provides an opportunity to virtually take our artifacts outside of our building and into the community.