Traditional Costume Collection

Collection Metadata


Traditional Costume Collection


Clothing and Accessories
Clothing and Dress
Clothing Trade - History
Fashion - History
Fashion History - 18th Century
Fashion History - 19th Century
Fashion History - 20th Century
Fashion Retail - History


When Kay King established the Fashion Archive in 1984, she donated her collection of ethnic and international garments. This substantial contribution paved the way to what became HCC
Fashion Archive, International Holdings, presenting traditional costumes from around the globe. This collection contains not only womenswear and menswear, but also accessories and textiles from Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. Apart from our most delicate pieces, these items are available to students and visitors for examination and research.
  • Collection: Traditional Costume Collection
Multi-Coloured Straw Bag
Unknown designer, 1930-1939
Red, Brown, and Beige Straw Shoulder Bag
Unknown designer, Unknown
Slate Blue Polyester Burka
Unknown designer, 1990-1999