Oh, if only I lived in Europe! Another fabulous sounding exhibition: Paniers, Baleines, et Jabots: la Mode au 18e Siecle at the Musee du Costume et de la Dentelle, in Brussels. That being said… I visited this museum back in 2005 and wasn’t thrilled. It’s relatively small, and what I mostly remember was cluttered exhibits and dim lighting. Of course, it’s possible they’ve improved their set-up in the past seven years! If anyone sees this exhibit, or just has been to the Museum in the past few years, I’d be interested to hear what you think.
Side note: apart from this museum, Brussels has some AMAZING museums. The Royal Museums of Fine Art, in particular, have some incredible collections. If you’re interested, I took a bunch of pictures of costume-related art when I was there in 2005. It’s mixed into a larger set — if you start with this picture and work left, you can see about 30 pictures that I took there.