Online Historic Costume Collections



Available online  for day-dreaming or studying are two museum collections–one in Ohio and one in Kyoto. Their displays of garments, shoes and hats span the centuries.

I learned earlier that Ohio State University Historic Costume and Textiles Collection purchased the Ethel Traphagen School of Design’s costume collection. You can learn more about their Traphagan collection here:

Traphagen Collection

But OSU also has an extensive collection that is organized by decades from 1750-1999. The costumes are displayed from many angles so you can see the back and sides. There is also the option to view the objects within the context of an OSU museum exhibit.

Main entry portal:

Kyoto Costume Institute’s collection is lovely. The garments are displayed with the front and side view and the zoom feature allows close inspection. The collection spans the years 1750-1990.

The image of textile designs is from another online museum:

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1910). [Seven textile designs.] Retrieved from


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