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European Dress and Textiles


Glasgow Museums has a substantial collection of European dress and textiles comprising approximately 20,000 objects dating from 1100 to the present.

This collection contains a wide variety of European dress and textiles from Scotland, Britain and continental Europe, as well as items made in the Americas and Asia for the European market. The European dress collection is representative of the key developments in fashionable dress from the mid-1700s to the early 2000s. It encompasses dress and accessories for men, women and children, ranging from medieval vestments to contemporary fashion, as well as performance costume, regional dress, religious dress and sportswear. In addition, there are a large number of fashion plates, dress and knitting patterns.

The European textiles collection contains woven, printed and embroidered items. It includes embroideries, lace and internationally significant medieval and Renaissance tapestries in the Burrell Collection, as well as embroideries, lace, samples and patterns from the Turkey Red printed cotton industry, and the Stoddard-Templeton collection of carpets, carpet samples and rugs.

Broader term

Art and Design

Narrower term

European Dress

European Textiles

Staff Contact

Rebecca Quinton

Key Objects

Key Objects