Fashion / Textiles / Costume Library Collection

The Fashion / Textiles / Costume Library Collection focuses on the role of fashion in our lives. To this end, the Münchner Stadtmuseum has set out to present the art of fashion in an informative, inspiring and even amusing way, not least through its temporary and alternating exhibitions. Fashions from various eras across the centuries are showcased and presented from all angles – providing fascinating retrospectives on the past and its diverse social hierarchies.

The collection is unique in Germany in that – in addition to the actual fashions, textiles and designs – it includes original sources such as graphics, copperplates, fashion magazines and costume books from the 16th century through to today. This symbiosis allows the creation of fashion exhibitions which spotlight the three-dimensional outfits by presenting them together with related sketches and illustrations. This positions fashion – as an expression of cultural history – firmly on center stage.




Professional-quality digital image files of the exhibits in the various collections can be obtained from our picture gallery. Please refer to the german Bildarchiv for details.

A selection of portraits from the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s total holding is available in our portrait collection.