Gallery of Costume
Gallery of Costume, Manchester
0161 245 7245
The Gallery of Costume houses one of the finest collections of clothing and fashion accessories in the country. Two floors of themed displays give a fascinating insight into fashion over the centuries. The exhibition and displays change regularly, so there is always something new to see.
The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.
The Gallery of Costume will reopen on Saturday 13 March after a major refurbishment. There will be new exhibitions covering the whole of the collections, from the 17th century to 2010, and a changing temporary display gallery. The shop has been refitted and has a range of new products reflecting the collections. The Gallery will henceforth be open to the public Wednesday to Saturday afternoons, 1.30 to 4.30.
From 1 June 2012, Manchester Art Gallery and the Gallery of Costume will be opening their doors to the public seven days a week.
The extensive library and archive is available to researchers and students by appointment.
The entire collection of the Gallery of Costume is a Designated Collection of national importance.
The Gallery of Costume holds one of the country's finest collections of clothing, textiles and fashion accessories. The collection consists of more than 21,000 items from the 17th century to the present day, including rare examples of the everyday dress of working people. The Gallery of Costume currently has restricted public opening hours, but researchers may visit at other times by appointment.
Social History, Costume and Textiles
Key artists and exhibits
- Current displays include Quant to Westwood: Fashion since the Sixties; Living Colour: Textiles and Embroideries from the Indian Subcontinent; A Suit of her Own: A History of the Working Woman's Wardrobe.
- Designated Collection
A range of avant-garde outfits from the gallery’s collections to illustrate that knitwear can be sophisticated as well as practical, beautiful as well as warm, chic as well as homely.
Designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent, Sonia Rykiel, Missoni, Moschino, Alice Temperley and Maria Grachvogel will be represented, and because knitwear is frequently at the cutting edge of contemporary fashion, there will be four examples from last season’s collections.
- Any age