Museums and Exhibits

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Museums and Exhibits

Poiret: King of Fashion
A fashion exhibitions from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fashion Museum
Collections of fashionable dress and accessories from the 18th century to the present, few images are available online but a selection of fashions from the collection can be made available for study by contacting the museum.

Pictorial Americana: Clothing and Dress
Selected images relating to clothing and dress from one chapter of a 1955 publication of the Prints and Photographs Division, Pictorial Americana in the Library of Congress collections.

Fashion and Textile Museum, London
Contemporary fashion, textiles and jewelry in London, houses a permanent collection and changing exhibitions.

Highlights from The Cornell Costume Collection
Includes the Johnson Museum Show, the Remey Collection, History of Childhood, Turkish Textiles and Dress, and Treasures of the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection.

Images of Fashion from the Court of Louis XIV
An online exhibition from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

V&A: Fashion
View objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum's fashion, jewelry and accessories collections.

Rijksmuseum: Accessorize!
An online exhibition featuring 250 pieces from the collections including shoes, scarves, bags, and jewelry.

Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses
An online exhibition of dresses created by Native women of the Plains, Plateau, and Great Basin Regions of North America, from the National Museum of the American Indian.

State Hermitage Museum
View images online in the digital collection including costume, headwear, footwear, and accessories.

Dress for the Occasion
A special exhibition of portraits, dresses, and jewelry from the Royal Collection.

MFA Boston: Fashion Illustrations
Explore fashion through images in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Bata Shoe Museum
A collection of over 10,000 shoes including Chinese bound foot shoes, ancient Egyptian sandals, clogs, platforms, and more.

MFA: Walk this Way
An online exhibition of shoes from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, explore a wide range of styles from ancient Egyptian sandals to super high platforms.

Fabulous Footwear to Practical Boots
A National Museums Liverpool online exhibition featuring shoes from the Tinne collection, the Collinson archive, the social history collection, the 1970s, and maritime shoes.

Wisconsin Historical Society: The Moccasin Collection
Tour the moccasin collection online at the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum, includes around 162 images with a detailed description for each.

See Also: Textile Museums


Fashion Plate Collection
Collection of more than 400 fashion plates showing women's and men's costumes from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Fashionable History
An online directory designed for researching fashion history.

History of Fashion
Brief information on clothing, hair, cosmetics, and footwear in the 20th century, also includes some images.

The Shape of Fashion and its Underpinnings: 1870-1960
An online exhibit from the Museum of the Rockies that explores the social history of women's fashion and undergarments, also includes an online textiles database.

The History of Costume
A total of 500 images of historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century printed from 1861 to 1880.

Ancient Greek Female Costume
More than 100 scans of plates and illustrations from J. Moyr Smith's 19th century book.


Heilbrunn: Fashion Designer
A list of around 66 fashion designers, most entries include images and related thematic essays, from the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Comprehensive runway reviews, insider blogs, images, and videos provided by Vogue magazine.

BBC: Thread
An online magazine dedicated to fashion that has been created in a way that does not harm the environment, animals, or people.

BBC: Blast: Fashion
A resource that helps young people develop their fashion skills by providing online gallery space, tips, and tools.

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