Costume & Textile Collections online

Una excelente selección de The Museum at FIT

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 nations most complete repositories of fashion. About 400 costume / accessories objects are online.

Columbia College Chicago: Fashion Study Collection
This collection was founded in 1989 and has grown to more than 6,000 items.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
There are over 120,000 objects the CH’s online collection, of specific interest may be there textiles and wall coverings 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.

The Drexel Digital Museum Project: Historic Costume Collection
A searchable image database comprised of selected fashion from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC).

Digitalt Museum
You can explore 1,347,407 objects from 32 different museums. The Nordiska museet is of note for its numerous costume items.

Europeana Fashion
Europeana Fashion is a consortium composed of 22 partners from 12 European countries and includes more than 700,000 fashion-related digital objects ranging from historical dresses to accessories, photographs, posters, drawings, sketches, videos, and fashion catalogues.

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 Berg 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.

The Henry Art Gallery’s Costume and Textile Collection
This online collection is nicely organized into themes, such as identity, occasion, or construction. The selection of objects found in this digital gallery offers a small glimpse of the entire collection.

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

Kent State University Museum
This museum of fashion, textiles, and related arts organizes a online Gallery of Costume. 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 400,000 objects.

McCord Museum
This online collection of Canadian dress contains 982 items of costume and accessories in a searchable database that includes extended object information.

The Museum at FIT
Over 1040 of our best objects are searchable by keyword and category.

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.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Collections Online contain over 7000 dress and textiles items, of both New Zealand and overseas origin. The Dress Collection consists of women’s, men’s, children’s, and infants clothing and accessories from the eighteenth century to the present day. A keyword search of ‘dress’ returns over 4600 objects, many with downloadable images.

National Museum of American History
There are 953 online objects from this Smithsonian collection that includes everything from wedding gowns and military uniforms to Halloween costumes and bathing suits.

Type ‘costume’ in the search field to pull up just under 200 objects from cultural institutions of Newport, Rhode Island. Of note is the Rough Point Collection which features the wardrobe of Doris Duke.

Phoenix Art Museum
This online collection features 140 costume and accessory objects from the Museum’s collection.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
5454 costume and accessory objects from the Museum’s collection of over 227,000 are available in the online collections database. This information changes weekly as objects are added, updated, and enhanced with current research.

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

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 1500 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.

The Valentine Richmond History Center
The Costume and Textile Collection, comprising about 40,000 pieces, enjoys an international reputation and is the largest collection of its kind in the South. Although the History Center’s primary collecting concentration is objects related to Richmond, the Costume and Textile collection’s focus is broader, including items worn, used, made or sold in Virginia from the 1600s to the present.

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.

Wayne State University: Digital Dress Collection
Contains images of clothing worn in Michigan during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The items included derive from the collections of Wayne State University, The Henry Ford, Detroit Historical Society and Meadowbrook Hall.


Los mejores documentales de moda según la revista Vogue



A sus 93 años, Iris Apfel está en su momento dorado. Recientemente lanzada como la imagen de la campaña de Kate Spade a lado de Karlie Kloss, o con Tavi Gevinson paraAlexis Bittar; la llamada «rare bird of fashion», protagoniza su propio documental. El filme ‘Iris’ narra la historia y la esencia del estilo de Apfel, la empresaria, diseñadora de interiores y sobre todo, ícono de moda. Frieda Loehmann alguna vez le dijo a la legendaria Apfel, «No eres hermosa y nunca serás hermosa, pero no importa. Tienes algo mucho mejor. Tienes estilo.»

El documental será estrenado el 29 de abril en Nueva York y el 1ero de mayo en Los Ángeles.

Director: Albert Maysles


The Artist is Absent

YOOX Group lanza el documental corto ‘The Artist is Absent’,un viaje a través del camino creativo Martin Margiela, su misteriosa identidad y su estética deconstructivista. El documental incluye entrevistas con Jean-Paul Gaultier, Raf Simons, y Suzy Menkes, Editora Internacional de Vogue, quien comenta, «No mostrando su identidad creo que Martin Margiela se convirtió en más excitante, la gente se preguntaba cómo era, había un misterio que lo rodeaba.» 

El documental será estrenado durante el Tribeca Film Festival 2015 y el 27 de abril estará disponible online.

Director: Alison Chernick



Dior et Moi

Una mirada detrás de la inspiración y el genio de Raf Simons,los procesos de creación y el trabajo en equipo de la Maison Dior.

Director: Frédéric Tcheng


The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts

Un retrato íntimo de tres diferentes facetas de Frida Giannini a través de un behind the scenes exclusivo que estudia el pasado, presente y el futuro visionario de Gucci.

Director: James Franco


Mode Als Religion

Protagonizado por Karl Lagerfeld, el filme indaga el tema de moda como religión. Dirigido por la periodista Martina Neuen, incluye entrevistas con Diane Kruger, Sarah Jessica Parker, Linda Evangelista, Suzy Menkes, y muchos más. 

Director:  Martina Neuen


In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye

Una mirada a través de las imágenes más icónicas de la Biblia de la Moda y los genios detrás de cada una de ellas.

Director: Fenton Bailey y Randy Barbato


About Face: Supermodels Then and Now

Ex-modelos, las pioneras en el rubro y aquellas que definieron el look de una época, hablan sobre la belleza y el paso del tiempo en el filme.

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders


Diana Vreeland. The Eye Has To Travel

«There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself». Inspiración, carácter, estilo y sofisticación… un documental que cuenta la vida de la editora de moda más excéntrica de Vogue, dirigida por 

Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bet-Jorgen Perlmutt y Frédéric Tcheng


The Tents

Un behind-the-scenes de New York Fashion Week, con entrevistas exclusivas de fashion insiders y diseñadores quienes relatan además, un poco de los inicios de la semana de moda neoyorkina durante los 90’s.

Director: James Belzer


Lagerfeld Confidential

Una mirada íntica y personal al retrato del icono de moda y el creador multifacético, Karl Lagerfeld.

Director: Rodolphe Marconi


Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

Glamour, elegancia y decadencia detrás del diseñador Halston, en la década de los setenta. 

Director: Whitney Smith


L’amour fou

Yves Saint Laurent, su trabajo, pasión por la moda y su relación con su amante, Pierre Bergé.

Director Pierre Thoretton


Bill Cunningham New York

El veterano del street style, fotógrafo del New York Times, Bill Cunningham se ha ganado el cariño de la prensa de moda por su carisma, talento y dedicación.

Director: Richard Press


Vidal Sassoon: The Movie

«Un artesano que cambió al mundo con un par de tijeras», conoce la historia del estilista Vidal Sassoon, una leyenda de los 60’s y un imperio en los 70’s.

Director: Craig Teper


Picture Me: A Model’s Diary

En el backstageshootings y sobre las pasarelas, una mirada al estilo caótico, glamoroso y camaleónico del universo del modelaje.

Director: Ole Schell y Sara Ziff


Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

Barbara Leibovitz hace una biografía sobre el trabajo y vida de su hermana, la fotógrafa de moda Annie Leibovitz.

Director: Barbara Leibovitz


The September Issue

Se ha convertido en un indispensable para cualquier amante de la moda, The September Issue es un fashion insider durante la realización más importante del año, y de la historia, deVogue USA.

Director: R.J. Cutler


God Save My Shoes

Un análisis sobre la relación íntima entre las mujeres y los zapatos donde se pregunta, por qué son la pieza más adictiva dentro del armario femenino.

Director: Julie Benasra


Girl Model

Este documental explora la industria del modelaje a través de las historias de los scouts, las agencias y una modelo de 13 años.

Director: David Redmond y Ashley Sabin


Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind

Un programa documental de televisión que desvela a las personalidades creativas más sorprendentes del momento, desde Grace Coddington a Tom Ford, Terry Richardson y Lauren Hutton.


Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton

Un tour privado a través de la vida y proceso creativo de Marc Jacobs durante la realización de una colección para la maisonLouis Vuitton.

Director: Loïc Prigent



Isaac Mizrahi planea su colección FW ’94 y cuenta con modelos como Linda Evangelista, Naomia Campbell y Kate Moss como supermodelos para lograrlo.

Director: Douglas Keeve


Valentino: The Last Emperor

Una mirada a la vida del legendario diseñador de moda,Valentino Garavani.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer


In and Out of Fashion

Un viaje a través de la fotografía de moda de William Klein.

Director: William Klein


Yohji Yamamoto: This Is My Dream

Un documental corto sobre la vida y el proceso creativo del diseñador. Viajando desde Tokyo a Nueva York, Yamamotoha definido el estilo avant-garde para la moda contemporánea.

Director: Theo Stanley


Manus x Machina

Manus  x Machina, Fashion in the Age of Technology, es la exposición que actualmente presenta el Costume Institute en el Museo Metropolitano de Nueva York.

La exposición explora la forma en que los diseñadores de moda están reconciliando lo manual con lo producido industrialmente en la creación de alta costura y ready-to-wear.

Exhibition Galleries…/manus-x-ma…/exhibition-galleries

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Lernert & Sander / De Volkskrant Cubes

De Volkskrant Cubes

Cubos realizados por el estudio Lerner & Sander para ilustrar un especial del diario holandés De Volkskrant dedicado a la alimentación. Utilizaron alimentos crudos para crear cubos de 2,5 × 2,5 × 2,5 cm.


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Zim&Zou are two french artists, based in Nancy. The duo is composed of Lucie THOMAS, born in the Vosges in 1987, and Thibault ZIMMERMANN, born in Paris in 1986. They studied graphic design (design, publishing, advertising) during three years. They decided to focus on installations using handcrafted objects made out of tangible materials such as paper, wood, thread, etc… rolling away from computer design. Anchored in craftsmanship, they create all the elements composing their installations by hand, from drawing to cutting and assembling. Their favorite material is the paper they’re cutting, folding and gluing to give rise to intricate and colorful sculptures. Paper inspires them for its versatility, infinite range of colors and unique textures. The flat sheets turned into volume are giving an installation the poetry of ephemeral material. Zim&Zou’s strength is to be a complementary and polyvalent duo.


La Tate Modern de Londres acoge hasta el 9 de agosto la retrospectiva de una singular artista: The EY exhibition: Sonia Delaunay.

De la pintora y diseñadora rusa, Sonia Delaunay, destaca el manejo que hace del color. Fue más que una pintora y en esta exposición pueden disfrutarse entre otros sus bocetos, diseños textiles y de indumentaria.


Interesante explorar el sitio web de The New York Public Library Digital Collection. Se trata de una base de datos viva a la que se añaden diariamente nuevos materiales como impresos, fotografías, mapas, ilustraciones, videos y otros materiales.

De especial interés el acervo de bocetos, fotografías e ilustraciones de moda.

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