Fashion Museum, Bath

Fashion Museum
Location within Somerset and the United Kingdom
Established 1963
Location Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street Bath, Somerset BA1 2QH
Coordinates 51°23′10″N 2°21′45″W / 51.3862°N 2.3624°W / 51.3862; -2.3624
Website Official website

The Fashion Museum (known before 2007 as the Museum of Costume[1]) is housed in the Assembly Rooms in Bath, Somerset, England.

The collection was started by Doris Langley Moore, who gave her collection to the city of Bath in 1963. It focuses on fashionable dress for men, women and children from the late 16th century to the present day and has more than 100,000 objects.[2] The earliest pieces are embroidered shirts and gloves from about 1600.

The Museum receives about 130,000 visitors a year including tourists, fashion specialists, students and locals of the area.[3]

Dress of the Year

Every year from its creation in 1963, an independent fashion expert has been asked to select a dress for entry into this part of the collection. The designers whose work is represented include: Mary Quant, John Bates, Ossie Clark, Jean Muir, Bill Gibb, Giorgio Armani, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Donatella Versace and Alber Elbaz.[2]

For further details, see Dress Of The Year.


  1. "About". The Fashion Museum. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  2. 1 2 "Fashion museum, Bath". 24 hour museum. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  3. "About". The Fashion Museum. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
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