Museums and Exhibitions January 8, 2009Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Design Resources, Inspiration, Museums and Exhibitions , trackback
Check out these museum websites to view their latest exhibitions, artist and designer retrospectives, and online archives of their permanent collections.
- The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York. A collection of more than thirty thousand costumes and accessories spanning five continents and as many centuries. Delivers two special exhibitions a year and maintains a website with photos of highlights from the permanent and special collections.
- Cora Ginsburg – New York. This company sells museum quality antique costume of the 18th and 19th centuries and in European embroideries, silks, and printed textiles of the 17th – 20th centuries. Download the PDF of their annual catalogue for good images and thorough descriptions of these carefully selected pieces. Great source for textile and print inspiration.
- Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology – New York. Founded in 1967 by the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Museum at FIT is dedicated to advancing knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, programs and publications. Their extensive website is easily searchable by topic or time period. You can zoom in on images of the garments and accessories in the collection – so you can more closely study the construction of each piece.
- Smithsonian Institution – Washington, DC. The world’s largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo. Their website gathers more than 10,000 images from the Libaries’ collections into a single site that can be searched and browsed.
- The Costume Gallery – Los Angeles. Online searchable website with collections spanning the 16th century to today. Interesting collection of historical textiles and accessories – especially hats and shoes.
- Victoria and Albert’s Fashion Department – London. The Victoria and Albert Museum’s costume collection covers fashionable dress from the 17th century to the present day, with the emphasis on progressive and influential designs from the major fashion centres of Europe. The V&A collections also include accessories such as jewellery, gloves and handbags.
- Musée de la Mode et du Textile – Paris. The museum houses over 16 000 costumes going from the 16th century to modern times. In addition, it has some 35,000 fashion accessories and 30,000 pieces of fabric – in all, 81,000 items illustrating the evolution of clothing from the Régence period in France to the present day, along with the development of the textile industry since the 14th century.
- Museum Salvatore Ferragamo – Florence. Shoe museum dedicated to the designs and work of Salvatore Ferragamo.