Texas Tech University

Exhibition of Student Clothing Highlights a Century of Texas Tech History

Laura Ray

September 13, 2022

The fashions worn by high school and college students over the past 100 years will be on display through Feb. 5, 2023.

From the Clothing and Textiles division of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the exhibition “Student Attire: Prom Gowns, Letter Jackets and Beanies” is now open. The exhibition features the fashions worn by high school and college students over the past 100 years and will run through Feb. 5, 2023.


As Texas Tech University celebrates its centennial year, the exhibit presents an examination of styles worn by students at Texas Tech and other pieces worn in local high schools and other colleges/universities across the state of Texas. Included in this exhibit are three first-year student beanies, bearing the year the incoming students were to graduate, a pair of boots made specially to bring to Texas Tech by one of its first incoming students, high school letter jackets and a college letter sweater as well as beautiful prom and other gowns for formal occasions. Enhancing the exhibition are images of students from the 1920s to 2000s from La Ventana, the Texas Tech University yearbook. These show the hairstyles and activities of the eras.

“Clothing worn by students seldom survives as it is often worn out, passed down to a younger sibling or cousin or thrown away when the young person outgrows the garment,” said Marian Ann Montgomery, curator of the Clothing and Textiles Collection. “Recent donations have made this exhibition possible.”

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays and is closed on Mondays. For more information regarding the exhibition, the museum and COVID-19 response, visit the museum's website. Follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.