planning WAY ahead

I’m going to be in Europe next May-June (yay!), and I’m starting to think about where to go to see costumes! Any recommendations? The plan is to be in northwestern Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and northern France for about 2 weeks in mid-May, then Paris for a few days. Then I’ll be walking in the Dordogne region the last week of May, then in London and environs in early June for about 3-4 days.

Obviously I’ll be visiting the Musee de la Mode et du Textile (Paris) and the V&A (London), both of which I’ve been to before. I’m going to check to see if anything’s showing at the Museum of London (which I haven’t been to before); probably won’t go to the Museum of Costume in Bath (which I’ve seen) unless there’s something exciting going on. Beyond those, and especially in northwestern Germany (we’re planning to start in Frankfurt and head west – not really focusing on Germany this trip) and Benelux, where should I go? And who’s been to the Paris flea markets before — any good costuming finds there?

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