Gallery of English Costume

Platt Hall, Manchester, England. The original Collection was put together by two doctors, Willett and Cunnington, who were very keen on the history of fashion and among the first scholars to publish essays and books in the field. The Collection was acquired by the Manchester Corporation and put on display in an 18th century house. In 1947, it was organized as a museum. Even with the first curator, Anne Buck, the museum functioned at a high level. The Collection is composed of about 20,000 pieces from the 17th century up to today. The focus is more sociological than aesthetic. For example, it is interested in everything that concerns crafts and trade, especially if it is at risk of disappearing. There is a section devoted to the contemporary fashion industry. The storage areas and archives can be visited on appointment. The library is always open.