Doll, early 18th century, back detail

York Museums Trust

Museum collections

Costume and Textile Collection

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Consisting of 30,000 items, and one of the largest provincial collections in the country, it represents western European fashion from 1700 to the present with particular strengths in the 1800s and early 1900s.

The collection reflects mainstream fashions exemplified in the clothes worn by ordinary men, women and children. There are outstanding and important collections of the following: fans, shawls, underwear, parasols, bags and purses, women's dresses and children's clothes.

There are also important, supporting collections of printed material – magazines, journals, fashion-plates and photographs.

The large and comprehensive textiles collection features English domestic textiles and domestic textiles crafts from the early 1700s to the present. The quilt and needlework-tool collections are internationally known while the sampler collection is particularly fine.


costume textiles fashion quilt needlework sept2018

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York Castle Museum
Eye of York
United Kingdom


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