This page contains selected links to websites which offer useful information or advice for people interested in the study and enjoyment of dress and fashion history. They have been arranged by type of page. In particular it highlights pages from Canadian museums or companies. If you find that one of the links is not work please email the webmaster.
Museums with online collections of dress
McCord Museum, Montreal, Canada
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Canada
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Fashion Museum, Bath, UK
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Useful online dress and fashion history resources from Canadian Museums
ROM You Tube channel
The ROM may not have its collections on-line but it has a selection of great You Tube videos which showcase items in the dress collection and the fashion exhibitions.
Bata Shoe Museum
All About Shoes – a range of online resources
Virtual Museum of Canada
Costume Museum of Canada Treasures from Trunks: The Story of the Dugald Ladies Fashion Review
National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre – Our mothers’ patterns
Centre de Documentation Marius-Barbeau – Les Sortilèges and their Wardrobe: 33 Years of Costumes from Here and Elsewhere
Canadian Museum of Civilization – Before e-commerce
St Mary’s Museum – Amazing Lace
Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village – Victorian Fashions in the Upper Ottawa Valley
Kitikmeot Heritage Society – Angulalik – Kitikmeot Fur Trader
Dress and fashion in Canadian museums
The following Canadian museums all have important collections of clothing, dress and fashion. These collections may not necessarily be on display.
Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
Fashion History Museum, Cambridge
McCord Museum, Montreal
Museum of Civilization, Gatineau (Ottawa)
Museum of Costume and Textiles, Montreal
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
The Costume Museum of Canada sadly vacated its downtown Winnipeg site during March 2010. The 35,000 artifacts were packed up by volunteers. CSO backed the Museum when it opened in Dugald, and hopes it can be reborn; volunteers plan to reopen if they can locate a less expensive location.
Advice about looking after historic dress and costume
Clothes Tell Stories (a site produced by the ICOM Costume Committee) – a website designed to provide practical information, advice and suggestions for working with dress and costume in museums
Australian Dress Register – a website, managed by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, devoted to the recording of Australian dress. Its resources page has some very useful material about working with dress.
Books and journals on fashion and dress
Websites of Costume Society of Ontario members
Site of founding member Caroline Routh, who creates multi-media and textile works
Other Costume Society websites
Historic dancing in Toronto
Useful information sites
Vintage clothing in Toronto