directory of photographs of extant women's clothing from the 17th
c. through the edwardian era in museums around the world
These pages consist of links to photographs of actual articles of
women's clothing in museums* around the world from the year 1600 to the
year 1919. These pages, which originally only included Victorian clothing,
were inspired by Cathy Decker's Real Regency Clothes
website, which is a fabulous resource for that period.
*Occasionally I will include items from places other than museums, but only if the images are good quality and the URLs are stable.
Organization: the listings are organized by
time period, under which you will find listings organized first
chronologically, and then by type of garment.
Dating: All dates, except those marked with a ?, are those supplied by
museums. You can assume that most dates have a "circa" attached to them
-- I got tired of typing "c." I've added a few parenthetical comments when I believe the
item has been misdated -- feel free to contact me about dating.
Descriptions: Because some websites rely on search
results that are session-dependent and do not allow direct linking,
occasionally I have linked only to images. In that case, I have tried
to indicate a search path to the item description (if possible). Need
to translate a description or webpage? Try
Geographic data: has only been entered when indicated
by the museum's description. I'm no good at guessing on this one!
Content: I've mostly omitted accessories and outerwear... one can only do so
Please note: because of copyright concerns, each of the links
below connects to pages at various museums. To get back to this site,
click the back button on your browser. (Try the new
Firefox browser, which allows you to open links in new tabs! Fabulous!)
Whenever possible, I've linked to a page with both images and description.
However, because some sites do not allow direct linking to individual
pages, occasionally I've had to link to images only.