The University of Central Oklahoma has a wonderful designer collection of women’s garments and accessories from the late 1800s through the early 1980s. The collection was donated to UCO by the Fashion Group, Inc. of Oklahoma City in 1989 and is currently stored in the Human Environmental Sciences building on campus. The collection consists of over 800 items of clothing, 300+ hats, 150+ pairs of shoes, 50+ purses, some jewelry gloves, and miscellaneous items. Some of the designers represented in the collection include:
All of the items were donated by prominent women in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas. The original mission of the collection was to have quality designer garments or outfits representative of each decade, with vintage pieces for contrasts to current fashion. UCO’s Department of Human Environmental Sciences incorporates the OFMC into the curriculum as a away to introduce students to the historical significance of fashion and material culture. Utilizing the OFMC allows students to trace the history and craftmanship of garments from the late 1800s through the 1980s.
View selections from the OFMC below or see the entire fashion collection online in SHAREOK. For more information about the collection, please contact Dr. Susan Miller, Professor of Fashion Marketing in the Human Environmental Sciences department, at (405) 974-5807.
The University of Central Oklahoma recognizes the university's main campus is located on the traditional lands of the Caddo and Wichita people.
Visit the UCO Land Acknowledgement website to learn more.