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This list was last updated on 10 November 2023

This page lists fashion and textile-related exhibitions, both Australian and International.  We also provide a list of international galleries and museums that feature textile exhibitions.



10:00 am to 4:00 pm

$14.50 | concession - $11.50

Timed entry

Australians & Hollywood

National Film and Sound Archives

A Canberra-exclusive exhibition celebrating iconic moments in contemporary Australian film and the people and stories that brought them to life, including costumes.

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10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Museum entry - $16 to $20

Loel Thomson Costume Collection
Museum of Vehicle Evolution, Kialla VIC
The collection covers the history of Australian everyday fashion, from 1770s to 2000.  It joins collections of cars, trucks, bicycles, radios and other objects.  
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9:30 am to 3:30 pm

or by appointment (except Tuesdays)

Madam Weigel, House of Fashion

Templin Museum, Templin, Queensland

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Textiles Centre
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney NSW
The Powerhouse is home to one of Australia's most comprehensive textile and garment collections, including a diverse range of historical and contemporary pieces
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until end December 2023

Absoloutely Queer
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney NSW
A colourful, educational and very fashionable homage to Sydney's creative queer community.  Includes costumes from the pioneers of Sydney Mardi Gras.

5 April to 1 October 2023
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
$22 to $25

Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion
Gallery 4, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC
120 years of moving image history highlighting the achievements and impact of female stars.  Costumes, orginal sketches, etc. worn by Marilyn Monroe, Geena Davis, Margot Tobbie, Tilda Swinton and others.

27 May to 27 August 2023

The Australian Women's Weekly: 90 Years of an Australian Icon
Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
This exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of The Australian Women's Weekly.  It looks at women, fashion and design.

11 to 14 October 2023

Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair

Brisbane Exhibition Centre, Southbank

November 2023 - dates to be confirmed

Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair

Exhibition Park, Canberra


Every Tuesday to Sunday

11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Musee Yves Saint Laurent
5 Avenue Marceau, Paris

Permanent exhibition

The Way We Wore
Decorative Arts & History Museum, Dublin, Ireland
More info...

Free admission

Ib Jorgensen, A Fashion Retrospective
National Museum of Ireland
More info...

17 September 2023 to 21 January 2024

Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
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23 September 2023 to 11 February 2024

Rebel: 30 Years of London Fashion
Design Museum, London
Sponsored by Alexander McQueen, this exhibition celebrates the city's leading role in global fashion.
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until 16 December 2023

Fashion Tour
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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until 31 March 2024

Beguiling Beni:  Safflower Red in Japanese Fasion
Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, London, UK
The reds and greens produced from Safflower, used in fashion
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until 7 April 2024

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The costumes and artifacts worn by Divas
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24 June to 12 November 2023
Closed Tuesdays

Yves Saint Laurent:  Transparencies
Museum of Lace and Fashion, Calais France
Moves to Musee Yves Saint Laurent from 2024
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opens 16 September 2023

Gabrielle Chanel, Fashion Manifesto
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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September 2023 to January 2024

Food and Fashion
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
More info... (under Upcoming events)

9 September 2023 to 7 January 2024

Ann Lowe:  American Couturier
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur, Deleware

20 September 2023 to 7 April 2024

Fashion in Sport
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
More info...

29 November 2023 to 28 April 2024

Iris Van Herpen
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
More info...

GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS that have textile exhibitions


  • Anna Wintour Costume Centre, Metropolitan Museum, NY
  • Black Fashion Museum, Harlem, NY - Historical contributions of black designers and clothing makers
  • Brooklyn Museum, NY
  • Esse Purse Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas - Women's handbags and their contents
  • FIDM Museum, Los Angeles, California - Early Hollywood costume collection
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, NY - Rotating exhibition of vintage garments, apparel and shoes
  • Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California - rotating fashion exhibitions
  • Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas - preservation and documentation of historically significant fashion
  • The Textile Museum, George Washington University, Washington



  • La Galerie Dior, Paris
  • Librairie de la Mode, Paris
  • Musee del Mode et du Textile - Development of historical and contemporary fashion from the 18th century
  • Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
  • Musee Pierre Cardin, Paris
  • Musee Yves Saint Laurent, Paris


  • Centro Studi di Storia del Tessuto a del Costume (centre for the History of Textiles & Costume), Palazzo Mocenigo, Venice
  • Ferragamo Museum, Florence
  • Galleria del Costume, Pitti Palace, Florence
  • Gucci Museum, Florence
  • Museo del Tessuto (The Textile Museum), Prato


  • National Textile Museum, Kuala Lumpa


  • Costume Museum of Kyoto - Dolls dressed in the clothing and customs of the Heian period.  Also reproduction costumes from other periods.
  • Bunka Gukuen Costume Museum, Tokyo - Japanese western style clothing
  • Kobe Fashion Museum
  • The Kyoto Costume Institute - Small exhibits held periodically.  Conserves and researches western style clothing
  • Upopoy (National Amu Museum and Park), Hollaido - Promotes the culture of the Ainu people through traditional costumes and embroidery patterns


  • Museu do Design e Da Moda, Lisbon
  • Museu Nacional do Traje e da Moda (National Museum of Costume & Fashion), Lisbon


  • Fashion for Good Museum, Amsterdam. 3 floors of interactive displays. Features sustainability.


  • Art Design and Fashion Galleries, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • National Museum of Ireland, Dublin


  • Museo Cristobal Balenciaga, Getaria. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am -3pm.  This changes with different months.
  • Museo del Disseng (Design Museum), Barcelona
  • Museo de las Alhapas en la Via de la Plate (Museum of Jewelry in the Silver Way), traditional costumes
  • Museo del Traje (Museum of Costume), Madrid
  • Textile Museum & Documentation, Barcelona. Permanent and temporary collections.

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