Explore the Collection

Menswear, womenswear, accessories, dresses, coats, jackets, corsets, knitwear, fashion photographs, pockets, shirts, blouses, waistcoats, fans. The collection at the Fashion Museum includes examples of all of these types of fashions, and more. The earliest pieces in the collection are embroidered shirts and gloves from about 1600. You can search the collection here.

The most up-to-date pieces in the collection are our Dress of the Year ensembles.


Objects from the collection are always on display in the Fashion Museum galleries. If you are interested in a particular type of fashion please contact us before a visit just to check whether the displays include those pieces.


If you would like to study a selection of fashions from the collection in closer detail, please contact us.


The Fashion Museum collection was started by Doris Langley Moore, a collector, costume designer and author. She gave her collection to the city of Bath in 1963, and Bath City Council used it to found the Museum of Costume. The collection is now three times its original size and the museum changed its name to the Fashion Museum in 2007.

Image: black and white photograph of designer Bruce Oldfield sitting next to a standing female model wearing a dark evening dress, high heeled shoes and long gloves

Bruce Oldfield, designer with Dress of the Year 1985