in the Louvre Museum, Paris
Today, the museum occupies 9,000 square meters and displays approximately 6,000 items at any time. It draws from its collections of works representing the history of costume from the French Regency period to the present (16,000 costumes and 35,000 fashion accessories), and textiles from the 7th century onwards (30,000 works), as well as examples of interior design, furniture, objets d’arts, wallpaper, tapestry, ceramic art, glassware, and toys from the Middle Ages to the present.
The collection’s focus on is costume and clothing design, covering key moments in fashion history and showcasing iconic French designers. The museum’s collection includes dress and accessories that run the gamut from basic streetwear to haute couture. The 18th Century department is home to one of the world’s largest collections of clothing from the Age of Enlightenment.
This museum has a textile collection from around the globe, including Coptic tapestries, Sassanid Persian textiles, Byzantine and Muslim fabrics, Asia Minor carpets, and French silk production. Their costume department has mainly 17th and 18th century French dress, including the 14th century doublet supposedly worn by Charles de Blois, one of the earliest secular garments to survive.
at the Château de Wesserling, Husseren-Wesserling, Alcace
The textile museum opened in 1996, and is housed in an old block printing building. Its permanent exhibition shows the history of cotton and calico, and showcases the history of local production, showing the manufacturing process through expert demonstrations of spinning, weaving, dyeing, engraving and printing.