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Leila Old Historic Costume Collection Vandal gear collection display

Leila Old Historic Costume Collection

A Collection of History Since 1967
Leila Old began gathering and organizing clothing and textiles soon after she joined the faculty of the University of Idaho Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Economics) in 1967. Gradually she accumulated a very sizeable and valuable collection that included clothing, accessories, hats and shoes, costume jewelry, some old magazines, and other illustrative materials. These items were used as a teaching resource in the department. With the help of student Marge Stanton, Leila began to assemble all the dress items so they could describe them and assign a set of numbers to catalogue them. They used the classification system developed by Robert Chenhall to catalogue each item. This collection was named the Leila Old Historic Costume Collection in 1981. Also see website

The Collection
Over 10,000 items in the collection dating from the Civil war to the present time will soon be accessible through our virtual museum. Physical access to the collection is by appointment only. All articles have some connection to Idaho or our university.
  • Clothing—Outerwear, Underwear, Footwear, Headwear
  • Accessories and Adornments
  • Personal Symbols and Gear
  • Toilet Articles
  • Textiles
  • Recreational Artifacts
  • Building Furnishings
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Packages and Containers
  • Communication Artifacts and Documentation

A Wish List for Teaching from the Leila Old Historic Costume Collection
This semester, we finished adding all accessioned items to the PastPerfect computerized museum database. We have entered information from a total of 7,544 accession cards. However, this doesn’t mean that we have that many items, it means we have that many accession cards. All of the ensembles, like a suit or dress with scarf and belt, or pairs of shoes or gloves for example, have been entered as one number. There are also several discrete collections that do not have cards or individual accession numbers yet, like Kathleen Warnick’s collection of over 800 examples of lace. So we are not yet able to determine the total number of LOHCC pieces, but we are closer than ever and very excited by this!

I am still getting to know the collection for teaching and research potential, and finding treasures every time I look. I have a wish list, though, of specific pieces I want to use for teaching the history and textiles courses and to use in teaching our apparel design and evaluation courses. Right now, this list includes:
  • A French haute couture garment (custom-made, with hand sewing)
  • A Charles Frederick Worth gown from late 19th/early 20th century
  • Examples from French, Italian, Japanese, and American designers such as Chanel (a characteristic suit), Dior, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Vionnet, Schiaparelli, Yves St-Laurent, Valentino, de la Renta, Pucci, Geoffrey Beene, Charles James, Issey Miyake, Armani , Kleibacker
  • Examples of licensed designer copies produced by Henri Bendel or Marshall Field’s, for example
  • Examples from important American ready-to-wear designers such as Hattie Carnegie, Claire McCardell, Pauline Trigère, Gilbert Adrian, Norman Norell, Bonnie Cashin, Halston, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, Anne Klein, Michael Kors
  • Home sewing patterns and the garments produced from Vogue couturier designers from France and America (Patou, Dior, Trigère, McCardell, Kleibacker, Givenchy, etc)
  • 18th century—woman’s gown and quilted petticoat, samples of textiles/dress fabrics, and man’s waistcoat and jacket
  • Original and reproduction undergarments such as a hoop or crinoline petticoat (1850-1870), bustles (1870-1890), and corsets (18th through early 20th century)
  • Early 19th century garments (1800-1850) and women’s silk day and evening dresses from 1850-1870
  • 1920s daywear, including knitted dresses, women’s pants, and men’s casual wear
  • Paisley and Kashmir shawls
  • Examples of UI faculty garments and garments made by students in FCS classes
  • Examples of garments and textile objects from ethnic groups in Idaho (Swedish, Norwegian, German, etc.)

Dr. Susan Torntore - Clothing, Textiles and Design

LOHCC LOHCC Advisory Committee Report: Accomplishments 2008-2011

Prepared by Dr. Susan J Torntore