Fashion Museum Bath, the dress of the year collection. From 1963 to the present day the Fashion Museum invites a respected expert from the fashion industry to select a Dress of the Year that encapsulates the prevailing mood of fashion, represents the past year and captures the imagination.
Europeana Collections. In this database, initiative of the European Union, you can explore fashion – historical clothing and accessories, contemporary designs, catwalk photographs, drawings, sketches, plates, catalogues and videos – from more than 30 European public and private institutions. (It has more topics besides fashion in case you prefer more general museums)
Victoria and Albert Museum. Clearly one of the most complete collections I have ever seen. From ancient Chinese ceramics to Alexander McQueen evening dresses, their collection is an incredible journey through 5000 years of human creativity. It includes not only photos, and illustrations but also a lot of videos explaining the making process of the different pieces, aditionally they include podcast about the different sets and in some cases, prints that allow you to recreate at home many of the most historically famous clothing pieces.
The Kyoto Costume Institute. The KCI Digital archives make 200 collection items available online. It is really easy to use as the items are listed in chronological order. Photographs shown with a plus sign on the lower right corner contain detailed descriptions, historical background information and the option of seeing the pictures zoomed.
Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences. The Powerhouse Museum has digitized almost 2000 bright, unfaded fabric samples from several volumes of swatchbooks of fashionable fabric designs ranging from the 1830s to the 1920s. They also have their web divided by categories, for example Textiles and Design, including objects chosen for their creative styling, use of innovative textile manufacturing and craftsmanship. They also have another category called School Set: Men’s Fashion which includes objects with a personal story behind about men from different times. The best of the museum besides the quantity of objects its that you can see them from different angles, which in fashion its something really appreciated.
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. The Musée focus on both the couturier’s creative genius and the process of designing a haute couture collection. Beyond its monographic ambitions, the museum seeks to address the history of the twentieth century and the haute couture traditions that accompanied a way of life that no longer exists.
The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris is the first museum of this scale dedicated to the work of one of the twentieth century’s greatest couturiers to open in the capital of fashion.