Alexandra Kim
ICOM Costume Committee board member


Dress in museum collections offers fantastic possibilities for telling stories but sometimes its potential is hidden by the way it’s been collected in museums, often in an unstructured and organic way.  A well considered collecting policy for dress and textiles in a museum collection can significantly help to enhance the stories which the objects can tell, the way they can be used in exhibitions and their usefulness in forming a study and research collection.  It can also help to clarify which items you really want to add to your collection and highlight your collecting priorities.  These pages present some issues to consider when thinking about your collecting policy for clothing and textiles, whether you’re starting from scratch or reviewing an existing policy. 

  • Forming a collecting policy
  • What to collect
  • Items that need special consideration before collecting
  • What additional items to remember to collect
  • Further sources of information
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