Kobe Fashion Museum, Japan
When the Kobe Fashion Museum opened in 1997, it was Japan's first dedicated fashion museum. Its collection comprises more than 9,000 Western costumes from the 18th-20th century, and folk costumes from over 70 countries.
Installation view, 'Souper' dress (1968) by UnknownKobe Fashion Museum
Additionally, the museum holds, 1500 fashion plates, 2000 fashion photos, and over 4500 movie posters. Its library holds more than 40000 books, magazines, and movies, allowing visitors to discover how humans across history have dressed themselves and dreamed of beauty.
FIDM Museum, USA
The FIDM Museum covers 200 years of fashion history, from Parisian haute couture and iconic film costumes, to non-Western dress, jewellery, and fragrances. It is also home to two major archives, those of Rudi Gernreich and Gianni Versace Menswear.
Corset and Shorts Ensemble Corset and Shorts Ensemble (1994) by Vivienne WestwoodFIDM MUSEUM & GALLERIES
One of the major draws is the museum's Vivienne Westwood collection. The queen of punk came to public notice in the 1970s when she made clothes for Malcolm McLaren's London boutique, SEX. Her eclectic, eccentric styles have shape high street fashion ever since.
MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp, Belgium
In 2002, MoMu presented its first exhibition in the historical ModeNatie building on the Nationalestraat. Since then, MoMu has presented two temporary shows every year. Each time, totally transforming the exhibition space, making each visit a unique experience.
Ultimate Abstraction © Stany DederenMoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp
MoMu's collection policy focuses on the work of Belgian designers and alumni of the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, alongside significant international designers, and notable pieces representing Western European fashion & textile history.
Party coat (1964) by Cristóbal BalenciagaCristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
German Hat Museum, Germany
In 1900, the German city of Lindenberg produced around 4 million straw hats. Millinery was the town's major industry, and it acquired the nickname 'Little Paris'. Today, in the former hat factory of Ottmar Reich, you will find the German Hat Museum.
Velvet pagodaGerman Hat Museum
The museum's collection holds over 5,000 artefacts, from vintage millenary machinery to hundreds of historical hats - such as this velvet pagoda-style hat - representing fashions of the past three centuries.