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Fashion History - Precollege

Museum at FIT Online

Five floors below the FIT Library is the Museum at FIT!  Check out their website for information on the collection, current and past exhibits as well as their Pinterest page for all things fashion history.

Other Museum Websites

Scroll to learn more about the collections of other fashion museums around the world.

Bata Shoe Museum Website

Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

BSM celebrates the style and function of footwear in four impressive galleries. Footwear on display ranges from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glamorous platforms.

Fashion Museum Bath Website

Fashion Museum Bath, England

The Fashion Museum Bath holds a world-class collection of over 100,000 objects of contemporary and historic dress dating back to the 16th century.

Kyoto Costume Institute Website

The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan

KCI's collection currently ranges from the 17th century to the present day, with holdings of 12,000 items of clothing and 16,000 documents.

LACMA Museum Website

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Costume & Textiles Collection

The collection spans works from pre-Columbian textiles to contemporary couture and includes over 35,000 objects representing more than 100 cultures and over 2,000 years of dress and human creativity in the textile arts,

McCord Museum Website

McCord Museum, Montreal, Canada

More then 20,000 objects (980 online) of clothing and accessories belonging to Canadian men, women and children, covering three centuries; garments from Montreal designers, manufacturers and retailers; quilts, coverlets and other hand-made domestic textiles.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met's collection includes more than 40,000 items dating from contemporary fashion back to 4,000 B.C. ranging from recent couture to textiles and accessories that give insight into life from the pre-Columbian era.

Palais Galliera Museum, Paris, France

Palais Galliera Museum, Paris, France

Opened in 1977 the museums 70,000 items are organized in 7 different departments: 18th Century Dress, 19th Century Costumes, Fashion of the 20th Century, Haute Couture, Contemporary, Undergarments and Accessories.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

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 centers of Europe.

Kent State University Museum

Kent State University Museum, Ohio

The Kent State Museum contains important collections of fashion and decorative arts from the 18th century to the present. Its eight galleries feature changing exhibitions of work by many of the world's great artists and designers.

Podcasts & YouTube

There's so much to know about fashion history, podcasts are a great way to catch up if you're always on the go!  YouTubers who specialize in studying and recreating period fashions can be a dynamic way to bring clothing of the past alive.  Everything here is free to the public!

Costume & Fashion History Blogs

Blogs can be a great source of information on niche fashion history topics.  Scroll to see some of our favorite costume and fashion history blogs and sites.

Fashion Era

Fashion Era

Fashion-era contains 890 content rich, illustrated pages of Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Fashions and Social History. looks at women's costume and fashion history and analyzes the mood of an era. 

Fashion History Timeline

Fashion History Timeline

A project created by FIT art history faculty and students, the Fashion History Timeline features overviews of time periods, and definition of key fashion history terms.  It provides hundreds of visual examples as well as lists of primary and secondary resources for further research.

Material Mode

Material Mode

The official blog of SPARC, the Special Collections and College Archives department at FIT Library.

Volumes & Issues

Volumes & Issues

A blog originating in the Periodicals unit at FIT library.  It explores fashion and related news and ideas in magazines, books, and online.

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