The Costume Institute's collection of more than 35000 costumes and accessories represents five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children.
Presents a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history from The Met collection. It is a reference, research, and teaching tool conceived for students and scholars of art history. Comprises 300 chronologies and close to 1,000 essays and more than 7,000 works of art.
This museum documents the history of handbags in Western culture with over 5,000 examples in its collection. Viewers may wish to review an interesting visual timeline of handbag history with examples from the collection.
The collection is particularly strong from the 18th century onwards, containing mainly European fashion and accessories for men and women, together with important items of 19th century dress for the elite in India, China and Japan. The collection also includes a wide range of accessories from across the world, including footwear and hats.