8 Great Museums for CostumersBrilliant - I'll be checking back here every time I plan a holiday ;) Just a warning about the V&A - they're setting up a new building for the fashion/textiles department, but unfortunately it won't be opening until 2013 and in the meantime the costume gallery is closed. The shop is still amazing and there's costume mixed in with other displays, but you won't find the dresses on the website on display :(
8 Great Museums for CostumersSome precisions on the Galliera and the Bunka. The only reason there is a off-site exhibition it is because the museum is under renovation work. When it is finished, there won't be any other off site exhibit. Don't forget also that there is another fashion museum in Paris (in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs ) : don't mix them up, they really are two different collections. Galliera is more about historic fashion, the Arts Déco one is more about 20th c Haute-Couture. (But that doesn't mean that Galliera doesn't exhibit Haute-Couture, and the Arts Décoratifs has an impressive historical collection too)
The Bunka has not permanent exhibit, but it does have 4 exhibits/year. Usually, there is always at least one European (western) fashion every year, usually around april/june. The "current exhibition" page is http://www.bunka.ac.jp/museum/text/konnendo.html and they update it rather often.
8 Great Museums for CostumersYes the V&A is closed, but they still have a great offering of books in their bookstore- the largest collection of costume and fashion related books I've ever found for sale. You can access ordering from here:
Other great costume museumsI went on a self guided Costume tour of Europe & the UK for 7 weeks in June/July last year & went to some other brilliant fashion & costume museums.
Vienna, Austria: Austrian Theatre Museum Florence, Italy: Costume Gallery Bath, England: Bath Fashion Museum Manchester, England: Gallery of Costume The V&A's theatre exhibit is still open & has some good costume examples, but it's fairly small. I was lucky enough to also make private appointments to see Angels Costumiers in London & Modesammlung Hetzendorf in Vienna. Both truly amazing experiences.