Sage Collection

A row of mannequins wearing clothes.
A room of mannequins wearing clothes.

Just a sample of the more than 25,000 objects housed in the Sage Fashion Collection include:

  • Haute couture
  • Military, occupational, and sports uniforms
  • Senior Cords, Indiana’s unique expression of school pride
  • Ensembles designed by noted European and American designers including Hoosier natives Bill Blass, Halston, and Norman Norell
  • Fashion publications, DVDs, and videotapes
View a portion of the holdings

Fashion + research

Our staff and students are always working to expand existing knowledge on collection artifacts. Current ongoing research includes:

  • An 1879 IU graduation dress and the campaign wardrobe of Hillary Clinton by Graduate Student and Fashion Design Instructor Lori Frye
  • Signs and symbolism of Indiana Senior cords by Graduate Student and Apparel Merchandising Instructor Rachel Rose
  • Cheney Silks’ Croquis de la Mode Nouvelle fashion illustrations by Curator Kelly Richardson

Research appointments are available to those interested in studying specific costume and textile objects. To schedule a research appointment, contact Kelly Richardson.

Elizabeth Sage

The Sage Fashion Collection’s namesake, Elizabeth Sage, arrived at Indiana University in 1913 as the first professor of clothing and textiles. During her teaching career at IU, Ms. Sage accumulated clothing and textile samples for use in her classroom, and then donated those teaching materials to the department upon her retirement in 1937.

Sage Fashion Collection Staff