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THTR 341: Costume Design: Open Access (free online) Costume Collections

Introduction to basic elements and processes of costume design, including character/script analysis; research; visual design ideas and techniques.

Awards Winners

Digital Libraries

Fabrics & Patterns


Fashion and Costume

Featured Museum Collections

Museums - Costumes Collections

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK - "the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.8 million objects, books and archives that span over 5,000 years of human creativity."

V&A Collections - "From ancient Chinese ceramics to Alexander McQueen evening dresses, take an incredible journey through 5000 years of human creativity with our online collections." Search by object, artist, maker.

V&A Costume Collection - "Theatre and Performance collections include over 3,500 stage costumes and accessories dating from the mid-18th century to today."

The MET: Costume Institute - "The Costume Institute's collection of more than thirty-three thousand objects represents seven centuries of fashionable dress and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present."  Search it by country, time period, and objects.

FIDM Museum and Galleries, LA - "The FIDM Museum and Library, Inc. collects, preserves, and interprets fashion objects and support materials with outstanding design merit. The collections of the FIDM Museum & Galleries span more than 200 years of fashion history. From Parisian haute couture to iconic film costumes and one-of-a-kind accessories, our collections offer a comprehensive overview of fashion’s key moments and most important tastemakers."  Google Arts & Culture features nine online exhibits from this museum.

FIDM - Online Collections

FIDM - Art of Television Costume Design

FIDM - Art of Costume Design in TV - current exhibition in LA, August 23 - November 5, 2022

FIDM - Featured Books

National Center for Stage Costumes, Moulins, France -> Collections & Resources
This museum preserves collections of more than 10 000 costumes in theatre. opera and dance, which makes it one of the largest museums, specializing in stage costumes in the world.  Thematic Collections: Masterpieces, Noureev's Collection, and more. 

Costume Society of America -> Clothing & Textile Collections Collections
This list includes CSA member collections organized by regions, states, and international entities. Click on the state links to find specific museums' collections.