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Costume and Textiles


Glasgow Museums has a substantial collection of costume and textiles. It comprises some 17,500 objects dating from 1100 to the present. This collection contains a wide variety of costume and textiles from Scotland, Britain and Europe. The costume collection is representative of the key developments in fashionable dress from the mid 18th to the late 20th century. It encompasses costume and accessories for men, women and children, ranging from medieval vestments, theatre costumes and military uniforms to contemporary fashion, fancy dress and sportswear. The textiles collection contains woven, printed and embroidered items. It includes significant medieval and Renaissance tapestries, 17th century needlework, samples and patterns from the Turkey Red printed cotton industry and the Stoddard-Templeton carpet collection.

Broader term

Art and Design

Narrower term

European Costume

European Textiles

Staff Contact

Rebecca Quinton

Key Objects

Key Objects