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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

Toronto Museum Project

University of Alberta Clothes and Textile collection

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.

Marie Atoinette’s dress

Viktor and Rolf dolls

Opening the Dior


Bata Shoe Museum

All About Shoes – a range of online resources

The Bata Shoe Museum’s podcast series


Virtual Museum of Canada

Castle Kilbride Tying the Knot

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

Museum of Vancouver

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

Canadian Conservation Institute

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

Bloomsbury Fashion books

Lavolta Press

Worn Journal

Fashion Reading Lists from the V&A Museum


Websites of Costume Society of Ontario members

Site of founding member Caroline Routh, who creates multi-media and textile works

Fashion History Productions

Jonathan Walford’s blog


Other Costume Society websites

Costume Society of Nova Scotia

Costume Society of America

UK Costume Society

Association of Dress Historians (UK)

ICOM Costume Committee


Historic dancing in Toronto

Toronto English Country Dancers

Jane Austen Dancing

Royal Scottish Country Dancing


Useful information sites

History of Dyes

Fashion Era

The Regency Footwear Page

Jane Austen Society of North America


Vintage clothing in Toronto



The Cat’s Meow


Reproduction clothing

Edwina Richards

Smoke and Fire Company