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Costume & Textile Collections Online


Clothing and Textiles Collection at the University of Alberta
Searchable database of 18,000 garments, textiles, and related artifacts.

Chicago History Museum
With over 50,000 costumes and textile artifacts from the mid-18th century to the present, the Chicago History Museum Costume Collection is the second largest in the world and one of the nationís most complete repositories of fashion.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
There are over 120,000 objects the CH's online collection, of specific interest may be there textiles and wallcoverings departments. But you'll find an array of fashionable design items here as well, such as perfume bottles, fashion plates, and make-up accessories.

Costume Museum of Spain
A searchable database but in Spanish only.

Digitalt Museum
You can explore 713,596 objects from 17 different museums. The Nordiska museet is of note for its numerous costume items.

Drexel Digital Museum Project
Searchable database for Drexel Digital Museum Project, Historic Costume Collection of Drexel University. Search by decade (beginning with 1870), designer, category, fabric, or donor. Site offers 3-D views of each garment.

Electronic Swatchbook (Powerhouse Museum)
The Powerhouse Museum has digitized almost 2000 bright, unfaded fabric samples from several volumes of swatchbooks of fashionable fabric designs ranging from the 1830s to the 1920s.

Fashion Museum, Bath, U.K.
Browse a selection of objects from the Fashion Museum collection, or search the selection for a specific term using the search box or menus.

FIDM Museum
A blog of items from the FIDM costume collection with good tagging to assist with search.†

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: de Young
This page contains a brief department description and then the museum collections are searchable by keyword.

Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent
A historical timeline is provided in French only.

Gallery of Costume, Manchester City Galleries
Searchable database of 7,000 objects, including approximately 800 color images with detailed descriptions. Collection can also be browsed by costume themes such as clothes for work or sports and leisure.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Use the search field to find textile and fashion arts.

Kent State University Museum: A Visual Dictionary of Fashion
Anne Bissonnette, costume curator, organizes a gallery of costume and a searchable database is in the works.

The Kyoto Costume Institute
The KCI Digital archives make 200 collection items available online. They are listed in chronological order and accompanied by images. Photographs shown with a plus sign on the lower right corner contain detailed descriptions and historical background information.†

The Los Angeles Country Museum of Art
Highlights of the department of Costume and Textiles. Browse by date, designer, subject, type of artwork, and technique.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Objects from the Costume Institute and the Antonio Ratti Center are searchable in the Met's online database of over 350,000 objects.

McCord Museum
This collection of Canadian dress contains some 18,845 items of costume and accessories in a searchable database that includes extended object information.

Museum at FIT
Over 600 of our best objects are searchable by keyword.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The MFA owns more than 27,000 objects ranging from American needlepoint to European tapestries, Middle Eastern rugs, African kente cloths, and haute couture fashions.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Costume and Textiles Division website featuring limited highlights of collection and related exhibitions.†

Powerhouse Museum
Australian museum with an interactive database that has extensive costume content and zoomable images.

Rijksmuseum
The Dutch museum has launched Rijksstudio, an online searchable platform for their collections with a very liberal open-use policy. All hi-resolution images that you may use as you like!

Royal Ontario Museum
Search the collections of the largest textile and costume collection in Canada.

Texas Fashion Collection
The University of North Texas, Texas Fashion Collection site contains a searchable database of approximately 500 objects from their collection.

The Textile Museum (Washington, D.C.)
Collection overview, exhibition information, resources for educators, and more.
Site also features helpful resource information regarding general textile care, preservation, and storage.†

The Textile Museum of Canada
Site features a searchable database of 6,000 objects, downloadable desktop images, and information for textile owners. You may also browse by type, region, material, techniques or period.

Victoria & Albert Museum
Fashion, Jewellery, & Accessories Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Highlights include Search the Collections, lots of Fashion and Jewelry Features (such as on ethical fashion, 1960s fashions, and corsets), and resources for using the collections to make things. Also, information on current and past exhibitions and Fashion in Motion catwalk.
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