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Photographs give a sense of how historic and contemporary fashions were worn, whether that is for the business of fashion or for family snapshots and studio portraits. It’s a good way for the Fashion Museum to put the people back into the clothes, so to speak.



18th Century Fashion


The Fashion Museum has a good collection of 18th century dress for both men and women.

Highlights include a sizeable group of men’s embroidered waistcoats and this gown from 1742. The silk was designed by Anna Maria Garthwaite.

19th Century Fashion


Early nineteenth century fashionplate


This is one of the richest areas of the Fashion Museum collections with examples from the slender white muslin dresses of the early 19th century to more colourful and voluminous dresses, such as the bright blue silk day dress worn with a cage crinoline from the 1860s, seen below.

To see more nineteenth century fashion, see the Collection search.



20th Century Fashion


Fashions across the 20th century are well represented in the collections at the Fashion Museum including work by many of the worlds leading fashion designers.

A particular strength is the holdings of British fashion designers, including work by Norman Hartnell, such as this cream silk jersey evening ensemble from 1960.

 



Contemporary Fashion


Patchwork daydress by Junya Wattanabe, Dress of the Year 2002

The ‘backbone’ of the Fashion Museum’s contemporary collection are the forty plus ensembles in the Dress of the Year collection. However, we want to show the richness and variety of fashion today, and so are also committed to adding other up-to-the-minute styles as and when we can. 

Dress of the Year


Dress of the Year 2000

How does a museum of historic dress keep up with modern fashion? At the Fashion Museum we have a unique scheme called the Dress of the Year.

Each year since 1963, when the museum was founded in Bath, we have asked a fashion expert to select a dress or outfit for the museum’s collection to represent the most important new ideas in contemporary fashion. The chosen designers or manufacturers have always very generously given the clothes to the Fashion Museum and the firm of Adel Rootstein donates an up-to-date mannequin for the display.

Dress of the Year choices from 1963 to 2005 are listed on the left.



Accessories


To see some of  the Museum's extensive collections of shoes, hats, bags, gloves and pockets, click on the links to the left.

Corsets


A pair of stays or a corset was an essential piece of clothing for fashionable women throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection includes a small number of stays from the 1780s and corsets from the later part of the 19th century.

 


British Fashion


Stitched wool mix dress by John Bates at Jean Varon
Photograph by Barry Lategan, Vogue August 1971.
Copyright The Conde Nast Publications Ltd

British fashion is known throughout the world for it tradition and iconoclasm. The Fashion Museum has important collections of the work of many British designers, many of whom are less well-known than the big names who feature regularly in histories of 20th century fashion, but who have made equally significant contributions to British fashion.

Work by different British fashion designer will be featured from time to time in the Fashion Museum galleries. The designers currently featured all worked in the 1970s and 1980s and are John Bates, Janice Wainwright, Wendy Dagworthy and Sarah Dallas.

 


Fashionable women


Yves St Laurent cocktail dress, worn by Margot Fonteyn

The collection at the Fashion Museum includes sizeable collections of fashions worn by particular women. This gives opportunities to investigate questions of individual taste and changing fashion across the course of one woman’s life.

The women include Ottoline Morrell, Molly Tondaimann and Margot Fonteyn.


Fashionable women




Yves St Laurent cocktail dress, worn by Margot Fonteyn

The collection at the Fashion Museum includes sizeable collections of fashions worn by particular women. This gives opportunities to investigate questions of individual taste and changing fashion across the course of one woman’s life.

The women include Ottoline Morrell, Molly Tondaimann and Margot Fonteyn.


Photographs


Photographs give a sense of how historic and contemporary fashions were worn, whether that is for the business of fashion or for family snapshots and studio portraits. It’s a good way for the Fashion Museum to put the people back into the clothes, so to speak.

The photograph collection is large and varied and includes the Sunday Times Fashion Archive, and 19th century cartes de visite.

Cartes de visite


Small portrait photographs called cartes de visite were a popular way of having your photograph taken in the later 19th century.

The Fashion Musuem collection includes over 500 cartes de visite from photographers studios throughout the UK, showing men, women and children in their best or most fashionable dress.



Collection Search

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  • 1920s
  • 1960s

    • Short fur coat, made of panels of black and white coney (rabbit) fur...

    • Short fur coat, made of panels of black and white coney (rabbit) fur...

    • Day Dress

    • Slender column-like evening dress with narrow shoulder straps, made of...

    • Shift style dress with narrow shoulder straps and scoop neckline, of...

    • Sleeveless shift-style dress with high scoop neck, made of white silk...
  • Children's wear

    • Girl's day dress with double collar, short puffed sleeves and a shirred or...

    • CHILD'S DRESS

    • Girl's dress with short puffed sleeves edged with a deep border of lace,...

    • Young child or baby's dress with high bodice and 'Peter Pan' collar, made...

    • Part of a suit

    • Child's romper suit (or pair of dungarees) with short legs and a bib with...
  • Regency
  • Underwear

    • Pelisse

    • Corset, made of one layer of black silk with an all-over woven design of...

    • Corset, made of one layer of white twill-weave cotton and stiffened with...

    • Corset, made of two layers of cotton (the top layer is lilac sateen-weave...

    • Stays (this was what corsets were called in the 18th century) with scoop...

    • Stays (this was what corsets were called in the 18th century) with scoop...
  • Victorian





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