A must-see for every fashion lover, the Fashion Museum is home to one of the world’s leading collections of historic and fashionable dress. You’ll see everything from sumptuous Georgian gowns to spectacular outfits by some of today’s top designers.
The museum is housed in the Assembly Rooms, Bath’s most magnificent Georgian building, where guests used to gather to dance, drink tea, play cards and listen to music.
The Fashion Museum was founded as the Museum of Costume in 1963 by Bath City Council, when designer, collector and historian Doris Langley Moore gave her private collection of fashionable dress to the City of Bath.
Today, the outstanding collection includes more than 100,000 objects dating from the 16th century to the present day. Changing displays chronicle the story of fashionable dress:
A History of Fashion in 100 Objects showcases 100 star objects, from embroidered gloves from the 1600s to the museum’s Dress of the Year 2015 by up-and-coming designer Craig Green. Until 1 January 2019
Behind the Scenes features historical fashion, from Jane Austen to the First World War, set against a backdrop of museum storage. Until 2 January 2017
The museum has a dressing-up room where both children and grownups can try on coats, hats, corsets, dresses and bonnets and have their photo taken against a backdrop showing Bath’s Royal Crescent.
There’s an exciting series of fashion-themed events for all ages, including workshops, talks and tours.
Visit the Fashion Museum shop to browse the extensive range of fashion books, and pick up some fashionable gifts and accessories.
The Assembly Rooms Café serves coffees, light lunches and cakes in historic surroundings, and the adjoining garden becomes a lovely suntrap on warm days.
- Film or TV location
- In town/city centre
- No Smoking Attraction
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Special group rates
- Available for wedding receptions
- Cater for groups
- Conference facilities
- Event venue
|2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
* The Fashion Museum is open every day from 10.30am, except 25 and 26 December. We recommend you allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours for your visit.
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