I’ve viewed classic Chanel pieces, marvelled at Dior and closely examined centuries-old garments which influenced modern designs. However, I’ve never been to a couture fashion show in London or Paris and obviously, I’ve never
I love fashion museums and fashion collections in art and history museums. I figure if I’m intrigued by them, other people may be as well. Hence, this post. It pains me that I can’t list a Caribbean museum here but I’m hoping someone can point me to at least one place in
A couple posts back I recapped my visit to Brussels’ Fashion and Lace Museum. Now I’m highlighting seven museums which I believe fashion lovers from anywhere in the world should visit. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit three of them and I hope to get to the others someday.
1. Victoria & Albert Museum – London
The V&A is the largest museum in the world focused on art and design. There’s a lot to see but feel free to start with the fashion galleries and take in four centuries of men’s and women’s clothing. The museum is free to visit but on rare occasions, special exhibitions attract a fee.
2. Bata Shoe Museum – Toronto
This relatively small museum looks like a shoe box from the outside and the inside is just as cool. The main collection traces the history of shoes and how sociocultural factors shape footwear. When I went back in 2013 there was a special exhibit on sneaker culture which got my attention even though I’m not a sneaker girl. If you’re in Toronto and you want to gawk at shoes, head to the Bata Shoe Museum.
3. Museum at FIT – New York City
Since then they’ve had exhibitions like Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color and Pockets to Purses: Fashion + Function. The
4. Museum of Bags and Purses – Amsterdam
The Museum of Bags and Purses includes pieces from the 16th century onwards and features both men’s and women’s bags. It looks at how they have changed over the years and includes some celebrity-inspired pieces. This is on my list of must-visits.
5. ModeMuseum (MoMu) – Antwerp
This museum opened in 2012 to focus on the Antwerp Six – Walter van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs, and Marina Yee.
These were Belgian designers who showed together at London Fashion Week in 1988 and made a major impact. The museum now features the work of current designers as well.
6. Christian Dior Museum and Garden – Granville, France
The Christian Dior Museum features both his work and that of the couture house’s other designers including Marc Bohan, Yves Saint Laurent, and John Galliano. It’s housed in Dior’s clifftop childhood home so the views are gorgeous both inside and out.
7. Ferragamo Museo – Florence, Italy
Why wouldn’t there be a museum dedicated to the inventor of the caged heel and the wedge? This space chronicles Salvatore Ferragamo’s work from when he returned to Italy in 1927 until he died in 1960. It also includes designs
Have you ever been to any of these museums? Which one do you most want to visit?