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11 Fashion Museum Experiences You Can Access Online

Learn about the history of fashion while sitting on your couch.

By: Camille Freestone

Yes, were hunkering down, but that doesnt mean we cant still do some of the things we love most. Luckily, many activities like concerts, performances, and museums are now available to stream online. More specifically, the Google Arts and Culture page is offering free access to thousands of museums around the world, so you can now click through international exhibits from the comfort of your home. If you’re as sartorially inclined as we are, you’ll soon discover that the fashion exhibits can be tough to locate. So we thought we’d round up a few that we’ve been loving.

Although many of the fashion exhibits we were so looking forward to this year have been postponed, they have posted their standing collections or exhibits that you may have missed. Couldn’t get to the Commes Des Garcons exhibit at the Met? It’s available on their page. You can also study the background of designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta or Cristobal Balenciaga. Why not take this extra time spent indoors to brush up on your fashion history knowledge?

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SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film

The Savannah College of Art and Design’s fashion museum explores fashion as a medium of communication throughout history and in film. You can view their standing exhibit alongside one on your classic LBD and the history of the one and only Oscar de la Renta.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@scadfash

The Museum at FIT

The Fashion Institute of Technology, located right here in NYC, has a hidden gem of a fashion museum. Rotating exhibits showcase fashion history and how specific methods or pieces have evolved over the years. Ever wanted to learn about the history of denim? That’s one of their current online exhibits.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@museumatfit

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Located in London, the V&A museum not only showcases beautiful exhibits on art and design, but has an impressive rotation of solely fashion-dedicated exhibits. Right now you can view exhibits on Balenciaga and Schiaparelli along with some very interesting intersections such as fashion and politics.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@vmuseum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

We’re sure you all know about the Met and the world-renowned fashion gala it hosts annually. While they have obviously postponed this year’s, they have a few of the past exhibits available to view in case you missed them.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@metmuseum

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The Museum of Decorative Arts places an emphasis on the evolution of style. While we wish we could jet to Paris to see this one in person, online will have to suffice.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@madparis

FIDM Museum & Galleries

The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising museum in L.A. looks at all aspects of fashion history over the past 200 years. You can view deep dives into specific designer collections—think Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé or Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons in the ’80s.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@fidmmuseum

Kyoto Costume Institute

The Kyoto Costume Institute explores the nature of Western clothing and documents its evolution throughout the centuries. They take deep dives into the significance of different colors in fashion and explore different aspects of luxury and Haute Couture.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@thekyotocostumeinstitute

Conde Nast Archive

This one isn’t a physical museum, but, as you can probably gauge from the title, there are a ton of historical images to peruse. Delve into photographers like Ansel Elgort or Irving Penn’s photos for the magazines, or learn about Christian Dior’s new look through the pages of Vogue.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@condenastarchive

Museo Salvatore Ferragamo

The Ferragamo family founded this museum to display all the craftsmanship present in this storied leather house. We suggest looking at the exhibits that show the house's relationships with Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@ferragamomuseum_

MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp

More designers have come out of Antwerp than you realize—Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, and, of course, the one and only Dries Van Noten. The museum not only pays tribute to major Belgian designers, but looks at international game changers of the industry, as well.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@momuantwerp

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The MFA in Boston comprehensively examines art and puts a special lens on fashion. It looks at fashion history by century and explores the world of fashion photography—a Coveteur favorite.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@mfaboston

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