Museums & Exhibits

Fashion Museums & Exhibits

Looking for a fashion museum to visit on your next (digital) travels? This is a by no means exhaustive listing of fashion museums and their websites by country in alphabetical order. If you would like to learn about a exhibition or opening times please visit the website of the museum.

Highlighted Museums & Exhibits

  • MOMU Mode MuseumMoMu is the fashion museum of Antwerp in Belgium. Founded 2002, the museum collects, conserves, studies and exhibits Belgian contemporary fashion.
  • Bata Shoe MuseumLocated in Toronto, Canada, the Bata Shoe Museum (BSM) regularly displays over a thousand shoes and related artifacts, chosen from a collection of over 13,000 objects, in architect Raymond Moriyama’s iconic, award-winning building. The BSM celebrates the style, development and function of footwear across four impressive galleries, with displays ranging from Chinese bound-foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glamorous platforms. Over 4,500 years of history are reflected in our permanent exhibition, All About Shoes while our three other galleries feature changing exhibitions – so there’s always something new to see.
  • Les Arts DécoratifsThe MAD is a private organization governed by the law of 1901 on not-for-profit associations and recognized as being in the public interest. It originated in 1882, in the wake of the Universal Exhibitions, when a group of collectors banded together with the idea of promoting the applied arts and developing links between industry and culture, design and production.
  • L'histoire du Musée Christian DiorThe Christian Dior Museum is a museum dedicated to the work of Christiane Dior.
  • Musée Yves Saint Laurent ParisThe Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris exhibits the couturier’s body of work on the legendary premises of his former haute couture house, alternating between retrospective displays and temporary thematic exhibitions.
  • Fondazione Musei Civici di VeneziaThe Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia was instituted on March 3rd 2008 with a resolution passed by the City Council of Venice, with the purpose of managing and enhancing the profile of the cultural and artistic heritage of the Civic Museums of Venice. In operation since September 1st 2008, it is structured as a participatory foundation and its sole founding partner is the Comune di Venezia. It brings participating public and private partners together to contribute to the life of the foundation, to share and support its institutional goals.
  • Gucci Museo GardenThe House debuts the Gucci Garden inside the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia, which housed the Gucci Museo. Conceived by creative director Alessandro Michele, the newly designed space features a store with one-of-a-kind items, the Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura— a restaurant by three-Michelin-star chef—and the Gucci Garden Galleria exhibition rooms curated by critic Maria Luisa Frisa.
  • Museo Salvatore FerragamoMuseo Salvatore Ferragamo is a corporate museum devoted mainly to the Ferragamo company’s history, the life of its founder, Salvatore Ferragamo and his creations. The Ferragamo family founded the museum in May 1995 to acquaint an international audience with the artistic qualities of Salvatore Ferragamo and the role he played in the history of not only shoes but international fashion as well.
  • KCI The Kyoto Costume InstituteWestern clothing is the origin of what many of us wear today, and the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) systematically collects and preserves outstanding examples of western clothing through the centuries, as well as the documents and other items related to this area of study.
  • Kobe Fashion MuseumKobe Fashion Museum is the first museum in Japan to specialise in fashion. The Library located on the 3rd floors houses various materials of high value related to fashion, all of which are open to the public as well as to those students, creators and business people engaged in the fashion field.
  • Museo Del TrajeThe mission of the Museo del Traje is to conserve, protect and promote the fashion and clothing collections it houses, as well as all the direct or transversal knowledge associated with them, providing its visitors with activities based on a solid and accessible discourse, students with a place to exchange knowledge and professionals of the sector with a meeting and development point.
  • Cristóbal Balenciaga MuseoaThe Getaria Museum is a specialised centre dedicated to a single author, meaning that its exhibitions are considered to be a reference in the context of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s life and work. The Museum also runs exhibition initiatives on other subjects related to the world of fashion and art, paying special attention to local ties with Donostia-San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa and the Basque Country.
  • Simone Handbag MuseumThe Simone Handbag Museum opened in 2012 to inform people of the history of handbags and to inspire and educate young designers.
  • FIDM Museum & GalleriesThe FIDM Museum and Library, Inc. collects, preserves, and interprets fashion objects and support materials with outstanding design merit. It fosters student learning, public engagement, and recognition of the creative arts and entertainment industries by providing access to the collections through exhibitions, publications, and other research opportunities.
  • Kent State University MuseumThe Kent State University Museum is a world-class destination for the study and presentation of historic and contemporary fashion, textiles and related art forms.
  • SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + FilmSCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film celebrates the art of fashion by offering cutting-edge exhibitions, events, films and forums
  • The Costume Institute ~ The MetThe Costume Institute's collection of more than thirty-three thousand objects represents seven centuries of fashionable dress and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.
  • The Museum at FITThe Museum at FIT is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion, and features innovative and award-winning exhibitions.

Museums and Exhibitions

Fashion & Textile Museums

For a more exhaustive list of museums, including exhibits please see the Fashion & Textile Museums website. The website was created by Chloe Chapin, an assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Working in co-operation with others she did an amazing job with this website. It is a fantastic addition to the fashion world. Chloe Chapin is a fashion historian, costume designer since 1991, and accomplished painter. She has a website with fashion work and a website with painting work.

Google Arts & Culture

The Google Arts & Culture app (available for Android and Apple) and website from the Google Cultural Institute are an app and website with museums and exhibits around the world. When you use the search option with the word ‘fashion’ for example it will bring up fashion museums as well as exhibits. It is a beta project, and searches can contain some exhibits not directly about fashion, however the app or website can be quite handy to use.

Fun Fact: Is It Museums or Musea?

Is it ‘tomayto’ or ‘tomahto’? What is the plural of museum, a Latin word with Ancient Greek origins? Both words, musea and museums, are correct in English, and can be used in some languages such as English. Musea is the Latin plural version. For more information about the history of the museum you can read this Encyclopedia Britannica article and this Wikipedia article.