The Fashion Museum was founded by Doris Langley Moore, a collector, costume designer and author who gave her collection to the city of Bath in 1963.

The museum is housed in Bath's 18th-century Assembly Rooms, and is home to a world-class collection of contemporary and historical dress.


Permanent collection

The 100,000 items in the museum date from the late 16th century to the present, including menswear and womenswear, dress for day and evening, alternative and contemporary fashion. Highlights include a sizeable group of embroidered waistcoats from 1742 and a collection of work by 20th-century British fashion designers, including pieces by Norman Hartnell.

The museum hosts a 'Dress of the Year' collection, including one dress selected every year since 1963 by an independent fashion expert. There is also a large and varied photograph collection, including the Sunday Times Fashion Archive and 19th century cartes de visite.

Fashion Museum

Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2QH

01225 477 789

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Opening times

​Daily, 10.30am – 6pm (last entry 5pm); Jan-Feb and Nov-Dec, 10.30am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Free entry with National Art Pass

Free exhibitions with National Art Pass

10% off guidebook

Valid to 31 December 2019

Visit the Fashion Musem with your National Art Pass and receive a 10% discount on Treasures, a lavishly illustrated guide to the permanent collection.


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Exhibitions at Fashion Museum


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