Vintage Sewing Patterns


New York:

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, at 27th Street and Seventh Avenue in the trendy Chelsea neighborhood,

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street

Los Angeles:

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, 919 South Grand Ave.

Washington, DC:

The Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Textiles more than fashion, but a great visit for fiberphiles.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History on the National Mall has a permanent exhibition of First Ladies' dresses throughout history. On the ground floor to the left of the entrance.


Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, is home to a school of fashion design and merchandising


The Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, has a dedicated fashion and textile arts exhibition space


Bata Shoe Museum, at 327 Bloor Street West,

Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto ON M5G2H5, 416-599-531,


Florence, Italy:

The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, located in Palazzo Spini Ferroni,


The Museum of Fashion Costumes, at Via Sant'Andrea, 6, inside Palazzo Morando,


Les Arts Decoratifs, at 107 rue de Rivoli, is a branch of the Louvre that also houses other design-related items like furniture.

Musee Galliera, 10, avenue Pierre-Ier-de-Serbie - Paris 16e, Fashion museum located in a former mansion. Although the Wikipedia entry states it is open daily, it has never been open on any of my many visits to Paris. When I've called I've been told it is open only while exhibitions are on. Check ahead before going.

Granville, Normandy, France:

Christian Dior museum. Open from May to September, their exhibitions are always fantastic. The museum is located in the Dior's family house, in a beautiful garden. Link :


the Mode Museum (MoMu) at Nationalestraat 28 —

Barcelona, Spain:

Museu Textil i d'Indumentaria (Textile Museum), Palau de Pedralbes, Av. Diagonal 686, 08 034 Barcelona, Tel. 93 256 34 65. A wing of the Museu de les Arts Decoratives (Decorative Arts Museum) in Pedralbes Palace. Worth a visit just to walk the grounds, but when I was there they had an *excellent* fashion exhibition with fantastic giveaway pamphlet on the history of shapes in fashion for the past 300-400 years.

Oslo, Norway:

Kunstindustrimuseet (National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design): Has a permanent fashion gallery. Pb. 7014 St. Olavs plass, N–0130 Oslo, Tel: +47 21 98 20 00.

Athens, Greece:

Mouseio Ellinikis Laikis Technis (Greek Folk Art Museum), Kidathineon 17, Pláka, Athens, Greece, 210 321 3018, Tues-Sun 0830-1400. This small museum has an impressive display of traditional Greek costumes from around the mainland and the island, along with non-clothing textiles and examples of other folk and technical arts.


The fashion gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, is closed for renovation until next year.

The Fashion and Textile Museum.

Manchester, UK:
Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5LL

Bath, UK:

Fashion Museum housed in the historic Assembly Rooms.



Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, Shinjuku Bunka Quint Bldg., 3-22-7 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8529, Japan, tel: (+81)03-3299-2387. Small but impeccably curated fashion and textile museum. 3-4 blocks from Shinjuku Station, but I found Tokyo *extremely* hard to navigate and it took me an hour to find it.