Britain's Doris Langley Moore was a pioneering fashion historian whose personal collection of men's and women's clothes became the basis of the Costume Museum, later called the Fashion Museum, in Bath. The museum displays pieces from the 17th century to the present on some 165 mannequins, with highlights including work by British designers like Mary Quant and Alexander McQueen.—L.M.
Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul (Blue House) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Mexico City, thanks to Kahlo’s popularity in the U.S. and Europe. While many of her paintings are of course on display here, she also had an impressive and sizable collection of clothes, including some of the gowns inspired by traditional Mexican handiwork that she wore in paintings like “Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress.” Thanks to a partnership with Vogue Mexico, the clothes are as carefully…
At the Mercer Museum, a concrete castle built by renowned tile-maker Henry Mercer in the early 20th century. He built the castle to house his enormous collection of early American tools and everyday objects to educate future generations of life before the Industrial revolution. In Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
The best clothes are made with the best materials. About 108 miles west of Paris is Alençon, a small town famed around the world for its lace production—so famed that a museum dedicated to its history and craftsmanship has become one of the town’s tourism anchors. There, you can see the distinctive needlepoint lace that made duchesses come to Alençon for their wedding dresses and a still-active room where women make the lace today by hand and will demonstrate their craft for visitors.—L.M.
Art Deco Chinoiserie Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby & Diamond Bracelet.
Mariano Fortuny isn't a household name today, but in the early 20th century he became renowned in the high-fashion world for his finely pleated gowns worn by myriad glamorous women—including Mrs. Condé Nast herself. Since 1956, the museum has been housed in Fortuny’s Venetian palazzo, where he conducted the bulk of his life’s work.—S.S.