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  Costume :: Museums, Exhibits
Art Deco-Erte; Museum of Fashion & Theatre Designs
Fine Art search engine.
Battlestar Galactica Costume and Prop Museum
Bayerisches National Museum
Located in Munich, Germany. Of special interest, their Textile Collection includes tapestries, liturgical vestments of the Middle Ages, costumes and textiles from the Renaissance, the garments from the Lauinger royal crypt, fashion of the 18th and early 19 Century, along with associated accessories. Special collections include shoes and Historical subjects from five centuries & a collection of silk fabrics. The Weapons and Armor Collection includes items from the 14th through mid-19th century. Some images from these collections online.
220,000 on line images from German Museums
Central Museum of Textiles
Located in Łódź, Poland. Specialized in the 20th century male and female fashion and garment accessories.
Centre de Documentació i Museu de les Arts Escèniques
Located in Barcelona, Spain, their collection includes clothing, theater costumes, costume sketches, props, scenery, puppetry, and dance. Online digital gallery with lots of photos.
Chateau Royal de Blois
Residence of 7 kings and 10 queens of France, the Royal Chateau of Blois is a site reminiscent of the power and daily life at court in the Renaissance. It is filled with more than 35,000 works of art.
Costume Museum of Canada
Costume Museum of Canada
Clothing and textile collection includes over 35,000 artifacts.
Deutches Historiches Museum
Located in Berlin, Germany. To search the costume collection online: search by keyword in the “Suche uber alle Felder wortweise” box. To browse: in the Objektart box, type in “Kleidung” (clothing); use “Datierung” to specify dates.
You can also view artwork from their permanent collection for costume reference by time period.
Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection
Repository of material culture focusing on clothing, textiles & related items. Online gallery.
Fashion Museum Ludwigsburg Palace
Online collection highlights. The more than 600 exhibits from the rich collection of the Württemberg State Museum Stuttgart cover the period from about 1750 to 1970.
German Leather Museum
Located in Offenbach, near Frankfurt, Germany. The DLM Leather Museum Offenbach combines three museums under one roof: the Shoe Museum with international foot-wear of four millennia and an art gallery, the Museum for Applied Art with crafts and design from the Middle Ages to the present, with the focus on leather, and the Ethnological Museum with the African, American and Asian Departments.
Germanic National Museum
Located in Nürnberg, Germany. Collection of artwork and manuscripts. Landing page is for collection highlights; reload the page for a new set of photographs. A full text search of the object database is being implemented.
Hamill Gallery of African Art
Harvard Art Museums
Explore some of their collection online featuring historical paintings, textiles, armor, medals & medallions and more. The Fogg Museum collection in Cambridge, MA. has Western drawings from the 14th century to the present, including extensive American holdings and Italian Renaissance, 17th-century French, and 19th-century British drawings.
History and Heritage
UK museums
J. Paul Getty Museum
Art museum in Los Angeles. View over 3000 artworks online, helpful for researching historical costume.
Karlsruhe Baden State Museum
Browse under “Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte” > “Textilien” for collection highlights.
Collections represent more than 5000 years of cultural history: works from the prehistory and early history of the Upper Rhine region and pre-Hellenistic cultures, an internationally important collection of antique vases and terracotta objects, ancient works of art from Italy and Roman stone monuments. Located in the Baden region of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
KSU Historic Costume and Textile Museum
Clothing and textile artifacts; dolls; accessories; implements and tools associated with the creation of clothing and/or textiles; and a variety of paper artifacts such as patterns, period magazines, and photographs
Louvre Museum
Database of works
Manchester Art Gallery of Costume
Open to the public. Some highlights of the collection online.
Medieval Art Museum Collections
Gothic & medieval art & sculpture online
MK&G:Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
Located in Hamburg, Germany. The Fashion Collection includes more than 10,000 MKG items of ladies', men's and children's clothes including underwear and accessories. The collection documents the development of the first court and bourgeois clothing from the mid-18th Century up to the fashions and styles of today.
Motley Collection of Theater and Costume Design
The Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design is housed at the University of Urbana-Champaign. It consists of over 5000 pieces including costume and set designs. The collection documents 150 productions of Shakespeare and modern classics dating from 1932 to 1976, staged in England and the United States. The collection, most of it digitized, can be searched by play title, theater name, actor and director names, as well as medium.
Musée de la Toile de Jouy
The Musée de la Toile de Jouy (Jouy Printed Fabric Museum)located in Jouy-en-Josas, France. Many of the designs from the Jouy factory - costumes, samples, engravings, drawings, preliminary prints (tests on paper prior to printing), curtains, bed coverings - are preserved and displayed here.
Musée des Tissus
Textile and Costume museum in Lyon, France. View some of their collection of textiles and costumes online.
Musée Galliera
Fashion and Costume museum in Paris.
With more than 100,000 garments and accessories, collections of Galliera are among the richest in the world.

Closed for renovations until Spring 2013.
Museo del Merletto
Lace museum in Venice, Italy.
Museum of Bags and Purses
The Museum of Bags and Purses tells the history of the western handbag from the late Middle Ages right up to the present. Located in Amsterdam
Museum of Costume
Bath, UK
Museum of Fashion (Santiago, Chile)
Browse their timeline for select fashions from 1760 through the 1900's. You can zoom in on specific areas of the clothing.
Museum of Korean Embroidery
National Museum in Krakow
Located in Krakow, Poland. The largest of Polish collections of extant historical textiles as it comprises over 20,000 artefacts. This collection includes a rich selection of liturgical vestments and sacral paramenta, dating from the early 14th to 20th centuries. The embroidered medieval and Baroque chasubles are unmatched in terms of artistry.
Palace of Versailles
Every trip to the Paris/Versailles area must include a visit to the Palace at Versailles. Lush architecture and grounds, filled with artwork. For those interested in costume, you'll find many portraits in the palace- photos are allowed inside, so be sure to bring a camera.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Costume & Textiles
Comprised of some 30,000 objects, the Museum's collection of Costume and Textiles is one of the oldest and largest in the country.
Phoenix Art Museum: Fashion Design
Collection comprised of more than 4,500 American and European garments, shoes and accessories. It houses important fashions from the 18th to late 20th centuries. Visit the online gallery for photos of a few items in the collection.
Powerhouse Museum (Sydney)
A technology and design museum that provides information related to textiles and fashion. For images and information on specific objects search the museum's collection by category, theme or collection. Do a keyword search for "Electronic Swatchbook" to find a database of almost 2000 high quality digital images of historic fabric swatches dating from the 1830s to the 1920s.
Royal Academy of Art
Search their online collection for portraits for inspiration for historical clothing, hairstyles and ornament.
Scottish Tartans Museum
Located in Franklin, NC
Textile Museum
2320 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008-4088 (202) 667-0441
Online exhibitions
The Bata Shoe Museum
A must visit when in Toronto. I had made special arrangements on my last visit and got to hold John Lennon's Beatle boot :)
The Cornell Costume Collection at Cornell University
Some photos from the collection on their website.
The Costume Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
over 30,000 garments and accessories representing the changing appearance of Americans from the 17th century to the present
The Costume Gallery of Florence
The collections cover the period between the 18th century and the present-day
The Costume Museum
Located in Kyoto, Japan. Website covers costume history in Japan.
The Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum, located in Cambridge, UK, houses world-class collections of works of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilizations. Their reference library houses over 300,000 books, catalogues and periodicals relating to the Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Antiquities. Explore some of the items in their collections online; artwork helpful in researching historic costume.
The Frick Collection
Located in New York City, it houses some of the best-known paintings by the greatest European artists, major works of sculpture (among them one of the finest groups of small bronzes in the world), superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs, and other works of remarkable quality. Some of their paintings and portraits are available online, helpful for researching historical costume.
The German Textile Museum
Located in Krefeld, Germany, The German Textile Museum is one of the world's most important collections of historical precious textiles and clothing. The collection now contains over 30,000 objects from all over the world from antiquity to the present.
The Museum of Costume of Madrid
The Museum of London Picture Library
history of London and its people from prehistoric times to the present. These Includes images of objects from the Museum's collections of paintings, prints, drawings, photography, maps and 3D objects including costume, jewelry and ceramics
The National Gallery
The Sage Costume Collection
Historic Costume Collection at Indiana University.
The State Hermitage Museum
Located in St. Petersburg, Russia. The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material.
Their online collection features Oriental Filigree from the 17th-19th century, 18th & 19th century walking sticks, European helmets of the 15th-17th century, dresses by Lamanova created between the 1890s and 1920s, jewelry collection of Catherine the Great, and other decorative arts.
The Textile & Costume Museum
The Uffizi
This website for the world famous museum in Florence offers images of renaissance masterpieces.
The Web Gallery of Art
Virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism periods (1000-1850)
Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs
Decorative arts and textile museum in Paris, France.
University of Alberta Museum Clothing and Textiles Collection
Explore the collection database online. Contains over 18,000 objects.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The collection covers fashionable dress from the 17th century to the present day,with the emphasis on progressive and
influential designs from the major fashion centres of Europe. The V&A collections also include accessories such as jewellery,gloves and handbags. Lots of great photos on their website.
Virtual Shoe Museum
Visitors may view images of approximately 500 shoes accessible by time period, designers, brands, countries and ethnicity

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