Fashion is an expressive art form that influences our sociocultural reflector; it surprises, excites, and brings out the creative side to everyone. Therefore it is not unusual that museums are being dedicated to this dynamic form of art, presenting collections of previous trends and famous pieces that made the world what it is today. These are worth the visit!
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
It’s only right that we begin in one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris. This museum houses more than 81,000 costumes, textiles, and accessories, containing history combined with endless innovation. From its opening in 1905 the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has seen exhibitions and collections come through its rooms filled with detailed embroidery, printed cotton, silks, laces and wonderful tapestries. If you are in the romantic city of Paris this year anytime before September, be sure to take a look and wonder through the intimate exhibition on Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten.
Museo de la Moda, Santiago, Chile
In the vibrant South American city Santiago, Chile there is a wonderful treasure. The museum focuses on 20th Century sportswear, with a large display on Chile’s 1962 World Cup gear. Founded in 1999, by the Yarur Bascuñán family, Museo de la Moda is funded by donations, allowing the collection to keep growing, with now a total of 10,000 items from 5 B.C. to the present.
Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
In this Institute lies an enormous collection of historic costumes, there is no surprise the displays exhibit famous and intricate pieces with Anna Wintour fundraising for the space and representing it as an advocate. This museum is definitely worth your time, presenting over 80,000 costumes from their archives and being conveniently in the heart of this happening city.
The Gucci Museum, Florence, Italy
This iconic brand has celebrated their journey through time in the centre of Florence, beginning from what made them famous; those beautiful leather luggage sets. As you walk through the rooms, you will find yourself in a time capsule of fashion, from cars, apparel, specially made award gowns, pottery and shoes. The two level museum is a must see, and if you have had a long day of site seeing and want to relax, take some time out to view the movie in the theatre or relax in the café and bookstore downstairs.
Everyone of these museums has a unique display that should be seen at least once through your travels. They all house the timeline of style throughout the decades and present day. Reminding us all that ‘Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten’ – Gucci.
Images via newyork.seriouseats.com and urbanpeek.com
By Amy Miller