museums around the world for fashion fanatics

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Musée des Arts Décoratifs – MAD

Paris, France

Go around the Louvre on Rue de Rivoli to arrive at this century-old museum. Of the 530,000 items in the permanent collection, 125,000 are focused on the textile industry, including clothes and fabrics dating as far back as the 3rd century. With an area of 16,145 ft2 [1,500 m2], it also hosts temporary exhibitions on important designers and brands, like Christian Dior and Hermès.

107 Rue de Rivoli

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Museu da Moda de Belo Horizonte – MUMO

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

In 2016, Belo Horizonte became the first Brazilian capital to have a museum exclusively dedicated to the textile industry. Located a few blocks from Mercado Central, it hosts its own exhibits as well as international exhibitions. In addition, it offers lectures and workshops on themes like embroidery, handicrafts, and footwear manufacturing.

Rua da Bahia, 1149

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Museo del Traje

Madrid, Spain

This space focuses on the history of garments. The highlight is the evolution of fashion, illustrated with pieces that have fallen into disuse, like the doublet, a kind of jacket that was popular in the 16th century.

Avenida Juan de Herrera, 2

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The Museum at FIT

New York, United States

Founded as a design laboratory in 1969, this museum has become an important venue. It’s currently home to 50,000 items, including gems by such designers as Chanel and Balenciaga, attracting over 100,000 visitors to the neighborhood of Chelsea every year. There, fashion gets an academic twist, with themes like the history of pink in different cultures.

227 W 27th Street

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FIDM Museum and Galleries

Los Angeles, United States

Lights, camera, and... costumes! This institution has an intimate relationship with cinema: its collection of over 12,000 objects contains a large amount of items from the past and present Hollywood, including costumes like the shocking pink 1940s-style dress worn by Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Hotel.

919 South Grand Avenue, Suite 250

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Museo de la Moda

Santiago, Chile

Founded in 2007, this private museum was the first of its kind in Latin America. Of its over 8,000 items, at least 500 belong to the Yarur family, which owns the place. Expect to see creations by great designers, like Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood, and clothes worn by such celebrities as Marilyn Monroe and Madonna.

Avenida Vitacura, 4562

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Victoria and Albert Museum

London, England

With a collection of over 2.3 million items, the VandA is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. It’s home to entire sections dedicated to photography, architecture, and, of course, fashion. Original pieces tell the story of the garment industry from the 17th to the 19th century; rarities include items from countries like India and China.

Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL