The museum exhibits pieces dating from the 1600s to designs as recent as this year. From the images on the website, some of the exhibitions are displayed using beautiful mannequins, poised in various fashion poses, instead of just forms, giving more of a sense of reality, and true fashion. This is clearly a museum that will enable you to view fashion as you have never seen it before, as well as leave a lasting impression on those who visit.
The Museum has an outstanding collection of more than 60,000 objects of fashionable dress- including dresses, shirts, skirts, jumpers, and even underwear and nightgowns, plus shoes and accessories from the late sixteenth century to the present day. The Collection also includes works on paper (for example, fashion drawings, photographs and dressmaking patterns) that relate to the history of fashion. It is one of the largest and finest collections of original fashionable dress in the world, and in 1999 it was awarded Designated status by the UK government as a non-national museum that holds a pre-eminent collection.