Museu Têxtil – EUA

American Textile History Museum American Textile History Museum

Museu de Boston reúne arte, oficio e ciência da indústria têxtil norte americana.


Current Exhibitions


Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time

Wednesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Visit the new main exhibition, Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time, to spin, weave, recycle, and design your way through textile history. See how textiles are changing your world, from protective clothing for firefighters and soldiers to revolutionary “shark skin” suits for our gold-medal Olympic swimmers – and so much more. You’ll never look at the fascinating world of textiles the same way again.

Exhibit: Textile RevolutionExhibit: Textile Revolution


High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute
Couture (both galleries)

August 14, 2010 – January 2, 2011

Media Partners:

The Lowell Sun 90.9 Wbur News Station

“The fact that my clothes were worn by Madame Bloomingdale was a pride because she wore them with so much elegance and a very special chic.”
–  Hubert de Givenchy

The fine art of French fashion comes to the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, with the opening of High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture. Organized by the FIDM Museum & Galleries at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, the exhibition examines the world of haute couture through 41 ensembles donated to the FIDM Museum by Betsy Bloomingdale, wife of department store heir and Diners Club credit card founder Alfred Bloomingdale, over the course of four decades.

Red evening gown of silk crepe and organza adorned with flowers designed by Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior, Autumn/Winter, 1989-90

Red evening gown of silk crêpe and organza adorned with flowers designed
by Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior, Autumn/Winter, 1989-90
Photo Credit: Brian Sanderson, FIDM Photography

The works of nine of Mrs. Bloomingdale’s favorite fashion designers are featured in the exhibition: Hubert de Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Marc Bohan for Dior, James Galanos, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferré for Dior, André Courrèges, and Adolfo Sardiña, along with related accessories and ephemera. Supplementary materials include hand-drawn croquis (colored sketches with attached fabric swatches), photographs of Mrs. Bloomingdale at many international events (including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer), as well as magazine layouts photographed by famed photographers illustrating garments she commissioned.

In addition to the exhibition, which will grace both the Stevens and Lowell Sun Charities galleries, ATHM will be offering a series of programs and events on the topic of high style and haute couture, including a lecture and workshop by High Style co-curator Kevin Jones, of FIDM Museum & Galleries in Los Angeles.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring this incredible exhibition to the American Textile History Museum,” said ATHM President and CEO Jim Coleman. “In celebration of the Museum’s 50th anniversary, we wanted to give our visitors a ‘wow’ experience, and High Style delivers. Visitors will be treated to an incredibly exciting and unique foray into the personal world of one of America’s most celebrated and respected fashion icons.”

Mrs. Bloomingdale purchased French haute couture from 1961 to 1996. Accompanying the exhibition is a catalog and video documentary, which includes interviews with Mrs. Bloomingdale, Hubert de Givenchy, James Galanos, Adolfo Sardiña, François Lesage, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Bohan (House of Dior), and Kevin Jones (Curator, FIDM Museum), as well as Mrs. Bloomingdale’s granddaughters, Berry Bloomingdale Keller, Jane Bloomingdale Cisneros, and Hayley Bloomingdale.

FIDM Museum & Galleries’ Kevin Jones and Christina Johnson, co-curators of the exhibition, collaborated with Mrs. Bloomingdale to develop the exhibition as a means of educating, preserving, and celebrating the cultural significance of haute couture.

“We think of this exhibition as an homage to perfection since each haute couture garment is so fully realized,” according to Kevin Jones. “After being conceived by a master designer, artisans spend a minimum of 100 hours making each garment by hand; more than 800 to 1,000 hours for an elaborate gown.”

Christina Johnson adds, “Social and cultural history is well-served by the preservation of fashion. Preserving Mrs. Bloomingdale’s wonderful collection helps assure haute couture’s recognition as a fine art form. Her selection of couture held by the FIDM Museum will remain a testament to its twentieth-century creators, while inspiring young designers of today and tomorrow.”


Molly Hixon’s “Sparkle” Paintings Visit the Weston Howland Textile Learning Center (TLC)

August 14, 2010 – January 2, 2011

We are very pleased to showcase a series of paintings created for the ATHM by up and coming visual artist Camomile (Molly) Hixon, who exploded onto the New York art scene in 2010 with her collection of “sparkle” paintings on canvas using glitter as the primary medium.

Molly Hixon's Sparkle Paintings

For view in our TLC, the multi-talented Hixon created a series of glittering textile studies paintings of designer fabrics, as well as a series of vintage boy and girl paper doll paintings with outfits, paper tabs and all, to complement the Bloomingdale high fashion theme in our main galleries. Hixon’s work can also be seen this fall at the Tria Gallery, the El Taller Latin Cultural Center, and the Children’s Museum of Art in Manhattan, as feature artwork on the hit Bravo television show “Nine by Design”, and the Diane Birdsall Gallery in Old Lyme, Connecticut year’s end.

Mission and History

The Museum’s Mission:

The American Textile History Museum tells America’s story through the art, history, and science of textiles.

Mission and History

Museum History:

Caroline Stevens Rogers, a member of a venerable textile industry family and a handweaver and dyer in her own right, founded the Merrimack Valley Textile Museum in North Andover, Massachusetts in 1960. Since its founding, the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) has expanded its mission, changed its name, and relocated to its present home in historic Lowell., Massachusetts. It has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1973.

During its first thirty years, the Museum documented the woolen, cotton, flax and silk industries in New England and beyond through its collections of pre-industrial tools, powered industrial era machinery, flat textiles and the rich collections of its Osborne Library.

The Museum supported research and publication, hosted conferences, presented exhibitions and public programming. It also developed a model program with the public schools of neighboring Lawrence, Massachusetts. In 1977, the Textile Conservation Center was established as a department of the Museum.

By the mid 1980s, under the directorship of Tom Leavitt, the Museum set out to expand its public dimension via exhibitions and expanded museum educational programming for schools and the general public. It also sought to bring its extensive collections into a single, unified curatorial and storage facility.

In 1992, the Museum purchased the Kitson Building in Lowell and began a fundraising campaign, to support the renovations to this historic building. Led by Director Paul Rivard, the building was renovated , the core exhibition Textiles in America was designed and installed and the Museum opened to the public in April, 1997. Under Rivard’s guidance the Museum expanded its educational services to include the Lowell Public Schools, and initiated the special changing exhibitions program.

Under the leadership of Michael J. Smith, who was the Museum’s President/CEO from 2000 through 2005, the Museum formulated its current mission statement; greatly expanded its educational programs, began programs for scouts, opened the Textile Learning Center for families, and spearheaded innovative special exhibitions. Also during Mr. Smith’s tenure, the Chace Foundation awarded the Museum with a substantial grant to access portions of the Museum’s collections on the internet, and the American Textile Hall of Fame, a program honoring individuals, corporations and organization from the world of textiles, was initiated.

An organizational restructuring of the Museum got underway in 2006. James S. Coleman was named interim Executive Director in January to help meet the challenge of funding the Museum’s operations and to formulate a plan to take the Museum forward. The Textile Conservation Center closed as a department of the Museum later that month and in April the Museum successfully negotiated an agreement to sell part of its Dutton Street building for conversion into mixed-use space including residential lofts, and the home of The Sun, the region’s daily newspaper. The Museum launched a $1 million challenge to grow its endowment and ensure the preservation of its collections, which will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor at the Maine Community Foundation. The Chace Catalogue came on-line in June 2006, enabling visitors to the Museum’s website to gain access to key portions of its curatorial and storage facilities through the technology of a virtual museum. Coleman succeeded in crafting a strategic plan and a preliminary budget to renovate and strengthen the Museum in order to achieve growth and financial stability, and the Board of Trustees agreed to move forward with the plan to build its future in Lowell. In July Coleman accepted the permanent position of President/CEO offered to him by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, with a firm commitment to finding the right formula for the Museum’s success in the Lowell community. In September he presented the Museum’s vision of the future to Museum members and friends with a sneak preview of the exciting plans for renovating the Textiles in America core exhibition to bring it into the 21st century.

The renovated exhibit, Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time reopened in June, 2009. The Museum also debuted its affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution at this time.

Exibições anteriores:

Inspired Design: Lasell College at ATHM

May 15, 2010 – August 1, 2010

American Textile History Museum Partners With Lasell College For “Inspired Design” Hat Exhibit
Everything old is new again at the American Textile History Museum, where a stunning new exhibit showcases contemporary hat designs by talented young designers from Lasell College along with the hats that inspired them from ATHM’s amazing historic collection. More

Inspired Design: Lasell College at ATHM Inspired Design: Lasell College at ATHM Inspired Design: Lasell College at ATHM

More Than a Number

April 17, 2010 – July 25, 2010

More Than a Number supported in part by a grant from Mass Humanities is a project of Light of Cambodian Children, Inc. in collaboration with the American Textile History Museum, Voice of Cambodian Children, Lowell National Historical Park, Khmer Legacies Project, Cultural Organization of Lowell, Angkor Dance Troupe, and Lowell Community Health Center. It is a multi-layered project that will bring together a remembrance of the genocide that began thirty-five years ago, recognition of survivors and their struggles, and appreciation of today’s Cambodian and Cambodian-American culture. For more information, visit: More

Exhibit: More Than a Number

Aprons: Fifties FUNctional Fashion

November 6 through April 18, 2010

This exhibit showcases a fun and fashionable collection of the popular accessory from the fifties. Aprons on display range from practical to stylish and bring to mind the housewives, waitresses and hostesses who wore them. A section of novelty aprons, such as those made from handkerchiefs, and travel souvenir aprons will also be on display. A large portion of the aprons were donated to ATHM in 2008 by Joyce Cheney. Several other aprons already in the Museum collection will also be featured. More

Exhibit: Aprons: Fifties Functional Fashion

Changing Landscapes: Contemporary Chinese Fiber Art

October 23, 2009 through March 14, 2010

This exhibit, co-curated by Ni Yue-Hong, a professor at the Fiber Arts Institute of Tsinghua University in Beijin and Deborah Corsini, curator of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, offers two-dimensional tapestries as well as sculptural work by emerging, mid-career, and master artists who study or teach at institutions of higher education throughout China. The exhibit is a snapshot of how three generations of artists working in fiber media are documenting, navigating, and responding to the tremendous economic, political, and social changes that have transformed the Chinese landscape over the past decade. More

Exhibit: Changing LandscapesExhibit: Textile Revolution

Threads: The Weaving of Stories

Ended October 18, 2009

Adam and Eve, or some early humans, may have woven the first garment from animal or plant fibers to cover their skins and sins in order to stay warm and contrite. Whether fact or fiction, the role of textiles is woven into the story of human evolution and civilization. Textiles are versatile and universal; they can be as flexible as a cotton shirt and as strong as a NASA space suit. Threads: The Weaving of Stories will include the work of seven contemporary artists who explore and interpret textile themes: Jerry Beck, Claudia Bucher, Johnny Carrera, Diana Coluntino, Annet Couwenberg, Kim Salerno, and Isabel Riley. Their work will fuse the history of traditional textiles with contemporary issues, including science, technology, current fashion, history, and politics.

Exhibit: Threads: The Weaving of Stories

What Followed Me Home: Collecting Antique Quilts,
Fabrics, and Tools

Ended October 4, 2009

What Followed Me Home: Collecting Antique Quilts, Fabrics, and Tools will give visitors a look into the fabulous personal collection of respected quilt historian Stephanie Hatch.  Over the past 30 years, Ms. Hatch has acquired a wonderful collection of quilts, from doll-size to full-size, fabrics from the 18th and 19th centuries, and tools used for cutting, stitching, and signing. More

Quilt from southeastern Massachusetts c. 1825

Quilt from southeastern Massachusetts c. 1825

Quilt National ‘05:

Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, September 3, 2006
The quilt as an art form is alive and well in an innovative special exhibition opening June 3 at the American Textile History Museum. Titled Quilt National ‘05, the exhibit showcases a selection of 30 quilts from the biennial international juried exhibition of contemporary quilts. Juried on originality, design, technique, and craftsmanship, Quilt National, which began in 1978, is one of the most highly regarded exhibitions in the contemporary quilting world. More

Lancaster Series: Witness

Kit Vincent
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Finishing Touches:

October 23, 2005 – April 2, 2006
Accessories tell a lot about a person in an exhibition that looks beyond the suit or dress to the last things we pick up or put on – and how they can mark an individual. These “final touches” are presented in historical terms and as a part of contemporary fashion to examine what we wear and why; how new technologies have created the need and/or desire for new accessories; how we change what we wear to keep up with fashion. More

Raspberry satin shoes trimmed

Raspberry satin shoes trimmed with
rhinestones by Vionne of Brooklyn, NY, 1930s.
(Elise Morenon, 2000.130.99-A-B)

Batik from Courts and Palaces:
The Rudolf Smend Collection Batik Fashion/American Style:

May 7, 2005 – September 11, 2005
An exhibition of extraordinary historic batiks from Javanese and Sumatran courts and palaces, and a related exhibit of batiks created by American designers collaborating with Javanese batik artists, explore the complexity, color and sheer beauty of batik artistry and its ongoing influence on American style. Over 60 pieces are featured in this pair of exhibits including elaborate every day clothing with intricate patterns and color, special ceremonial textiles, and contemporary fashions in clothing and home decor. A catalog of the Smend collection is available. More

Tok wi Pasisir

Tok wi Pasisir
c. 1920, 103 x 88 cm
Photo credit: Bernhard Schaub, Köln

Born on the 4th of July –
Lowell Celebrates Our Nation:

November, 2004 – April 2, 2005
Textile symbols from America’s heritage celebrate our nation and the important role textiles have played in describing American views of country and character. Artifacts, ranging from coverlets to cloth labels and costumes in design motifs from stars and stripes to soaring eagles, are used to explore 18th, 19th and 20th century textile symbols and show how different points of view, all based on love of country and defense of her principles, have been embraced as patriotic. Selections from the ATHM collection will be featured including the “Butler Flag”, the first flag made in the United States of all American material, and produced in Lowell in 1865. This special exhibit, organized by the ATHM, is sponsored in part by Enterprise Bank & Trust Company.

Born on the 4th of July

Art Quilts from Around the World on Display in New Exhibit at American Textile History Museum:

July 24, 2004 – October 10, 2004
Beginning July 24, the American Textile History Museum will team up with the Museum of Arts & Design in New York to present a remarkable assembly of quilts in a special exhibition tracing the development of the art quilt from the 1930s to the present. More

Katherine Westphal

Katherine Westphal

Let’s Go Hawaiian!:

January 31, 2004 – June 20, 2004
The American Textile History Museum presents a special exhibition, Let’s Go Hawaiian from January to June, 2004. It is a fanciful look at our fascination with Hawaii, its influence on mainstream culture, and a lighthearted exploration of the cult of the Hawaiian shirt. More

Shirt #126

Shirt #126

Runway Madness!
The fashion photography of Lucian Perkins:

August 16, 2003 through January 4, 2004
Twice each year, the fashion industry presents a romantic spectacle. Fashion Week in New York is a time when top designers present the drama, fantasy and artistic talent that is the fashion industry. The creations that grace the catwalks determine to a large extent, what the rest of us will come to think of as currently fashionable. More

Runway Madness!

American Fiber Art:

April 12 2003- July 20, 2003
An exhibition exploring the work of several generations of exceptional artists who use fiber materials and techniques will be shown in ATHM’s changing exhibit gallery from April 12 through July 20, 2003. Six internationally recognized artists were invited to exhibit work spanning their careers. Then each chose both an artist who influenced their early career and an innovative emerging artist for inclusion in the exhibit. More


Fashion, Dolls, and the Art of Growing Up:

November 9, 2002 – March 23, 2003
Explore how generations of little girls’ lives have been shaped by and are reflected in some of their most dearly-loved playthings – their dolls. From American Girl to Barbie to Grandma’s cherished porcelain-faced playmate, this exhibition is a nostalgic trip through childhood and a look at how girls’ perceptions of themselves and the fashions they emulate have changed. It will also be a chance to glimpse the fantasies of earlier generations of children and to compare it to our own notions of childhood, girlhood and womanhood today. More


From the Mills:
Contemporary Quilters, Historic Designs:

August 11, 2002 – October 20, 2002
Twelve winning entries will be the centerpiece of a juried exhibition of fine contemporary quilts opening at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts on August 11, 2002. The Museum joins six other sites for the Lowell Quilt Festival, a city-wide celebration running through August 18. The ATHM exhibit, titled From the Mills: Contemporary Quilters, Historic Designs, is the result of a contest sponsored by the Museum and P&B Textiles. More

From the Mills

The Pentagon Comfort Quilts
A special commemorative exhibit:

September 2, 2002 – September 13, 2002
The Pentagon Quilts are gifts from the hearts and hands of freedom-loving people. They were fashioned in honor of those whose lives were lost on September 11, in gratitude of those who survived, and in appreciation for the heroic efforts of those who helped in the aftermath. There will be a special commemoration ceremony at noon on September 11 in front of the Museum. More

The Pentagon Comfort Quilts

Jack Lenor Larsen:
The Company and the Cloth:

June 15, 2002 – July 28, 2002
The first major exhibition from the company archive of Jack Lenor Larsen, long considered to be the dean of modern fabric design, opens at the American Textile History Museum on June 15, 2002 and continues through July 28, 2002. This will be the only venue in the east for the exhibit, which was organized by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. More

Jack Lenor Larsen

All for One & One for All!:
Uniforms in Fact and Fantasy:

January 26, 2002 – May 27, 2002
When the heroes of The Three Musketeers exclaim, “All for one and one for all!,” they commit themselves to a common goal and promise to protect and help one another. That pledge is the starting point for an exploration of the role uniforms play in all our lives. Every day we see people in uniform-police, firefighters, airline pilots, athletes, and doctors all wear uniforms. Often, that’s how we recognize people and know who they are. But, is it really that simple? All for One & One for All!: Uniforms in Fact and Fantasy is an interactive exhibition of fun and discovery that features more than fifty very different uniforms. More

All for One & One for All

Stylish Hats:
200 Years of Sartorial Sculpture:

September 16, 2001 – December 31, 2001
Two hundred hats take center stage this fall when Stylish Hats: 200 Years of Sartorial Sculpture – a delightful exhibition of over 200 hats and headdresses – opens to the public on September 16, 2001. More

Stylish Hats

Textile Art from Southern Appalachia:
The Quiet Work of Women:

February 4, 2001 -May 27, 2001
Forty-three coverlets and a small selection of quilts, clothing, weaving drafts and accessories dating from 1830 to 1930, focus on thirty-two women to trace the important role handweaving played in Appalachian culture as part of a rich, decorative mountain arts tradition. This exhibition brings together the most extensive collection of woven art from the region ever assembled for the public. These art objects offer insight into overshot coverlet weaving with their bold patterns and unusual, bright color combinations. Many of the pieces are being shown for the first time outside the artists’ local communities, giving visitors the opportunity to discover the relationship between traditional weaving and contemporary graphic design. More

Textile Art from Southern Appalachia



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