Best Fashion Museums Around the World

Heading to New York, Italy, or London for spring break or fashion weeks? Make sure you check out the best fashion museums in cities around the world!

New York

The Museum at FIT has one of the best fashion collections in New York. The top floor features exhibitions, which from now until May 1oth is the “His and Hers” collection. “His and Hers” shows the differences in mens’ and women’s’ dress throughout history, from cocktail dresses and suits of the 1960s in true Mad Men fashion to the androgynous fashion of the alternative cultures. The bottom floor has fashions from famous designers such as Coco Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Halston.

The Costume Institute at the Met has no permanent collections but rather has two temporary exhibitions a year. In 2009, the Brooklyn Museum moved to the Costume Institute as well. Overall, the collection has over 35,000 pieces spanning many centuries and cultures. Beginning in May, the museum’s exhibition will feature a retrospective on Alexander McQueen.

Toronto

This unique shoe museum has over 10,000 pieces from Egyptian sandals to Chinese foot bindings to Elvis Presley’s Blue Suede Shoes. The collection has an extensive collection of Medieval and Renaissance shoes.

Florence

Learn what makes Ferragamo shoes so special and see foot molds from people like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren. One of the focal points of the museum is the Ferragamo shoe wheel with flats in every color on the color wheel. Original slips, pictures, and models go with a chronological display of Ferragamo’s shoes to make a wonderful collection.

See the restoration of clothing worn by the de Medici’s from the 16th centuries along with clothing from other Florence royalty from the 18th century to present.

London

No trip to London is complete without a trip to the V&A. Currently, the museum has a collection of Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City. The museum has a large collection of East Asian and Middle Eastern clothing.

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