Italians are known for their fabulous shoes, French women for their elegance, and who can forget about the fantastic royal wedding dress of English princess Kate earlier this year? Different countries as well as time periods are associated with different styles and fashions. I can spend way too much time looking at my favorite streetstyle blogs from around the world or admiring the costumes of the actors in old movies, so I suppose I could get lost for hours and hours in costume or fashion museums. So here they are, 10 of the most fashionable museums in the world – starting out with a shoe museum in the spirit of backpacking in heels:

1. The Ferragamo museum in Florence, Italy

Photos via Museo Salvatore Ferragamo

We all know that a pair of great heels can transform an outfit, and as backpackers in heels we would definitely swing by the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo to check out some spectacular pairs of shoes. Ferregamo made shoes for big stars like Sophia Loren, Greta Garbo and Rita Hayworth.

2. The lipstick museum by René Koch in Berlin, Germany

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This museum is an homage to the seductive lip-color and womens’ most used make-up item. Admire lipsticks from Evita Perón, DDR lipsticks as well as 125 real lip kissed card by celebrities such as Mirelle Mathieu, Bonnie Tyler and Brigitte Nielsen. Visits are by appointment only, so remember to send an e-mail to to if you want to admire the lipstick collection.

3. The Fashion and Textile Museum in Paris, France

Valentino dresses. Photos by Miss Vio (CC)

The French are widely known for their great sense of style and fashion. Who hasn’t been stunned by the Parisian beauty at some point? More than 80.000 fashion items including shoes, clothes and accessories are put on display at the Musée de la Mode et du Textile. Everything from historic garments to collections from French fashion designers can be admired in this fabulous collection.

4. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK

Dresses by Christian Dior, Charles Frederick Worth (1880s) and Givenchy. Photos via V&A Search

The Victoria and Albert museum is famous for its fantastic fashion exhibitions, but also hosts jewelry exhibitions with brands like Fabergé, Cartier and Tiffany. The dresses above sure are to die for..

5. The Costume Institute at  the MET in New York, USA

Dresses by Madeleine Vionnet, Christian Dior and Hussein Chalayan. Photos via MET

The Costume Institute houses a collection of more than 80,000 costumes and accessories from all around the world. Two exhibitions a year are shown in its 5000 square foot galleries. Clothes from famous designers like Coco Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen can be admired at the MET.

6. Avant-guardian fashion in Antwerp, Belgium

Photo via MoMu

Antwerp is famous for its fashion school and often avant-guardian fashion. Among MoMu Fashion Museum’s 25 000 items you can find pieces from contemporary designers such as Dries Van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto, Bernhard Willhelm and Ann Demeulemeester as well as pieces dating back to the 16th century.

7. Fashion with history in Barcelona, Spain

Photos via DHUB

The textile museum shows clothes and textiles from the last 1500 years, in a historic building from the 14th century. Spanish-arab textiles, religious outfits, lace in addition to modern Spanish design from designers like Balenciaga.

8. Fashion museum in Bath, UK

Dress of the year 2010, John Bates photography exhibition & wedding dress from the 1940s. Photos via Bath Fashion Museum.

Since its opening in 1963, it has shown clothes and costumes from the 17th century up to today. This year until 8th of January 2012 they have an own wedding dress exposithion (guess that one was obvious  because of this year’s royal wedding).

9. World Jewellery Museum in Seoul, South Korea

Photos by Paul Bailey (CC)

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but other types of jewellery isn’t too bad either. The World Jewelry Museum in Seoul has gathered over 3000 pieces from 60 different countries.

10. MuDe – Design and Fashion museum in Lisbon, Portugal

Photo via Portugal Confidential

The museum holds over 1200 pieces of clothes by famous designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Yves Saint Laurent. The collection includes Renée Zellweger’s 2001 Oscars gown from Jean Desses and Christian Dior’s landmark 1947 New Look. The design collection also consists of furniture, glass and jewelry from 1937 to today.

Do you have any other fashionable museum favorites?


Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

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