Historic Costume Collection
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Preserving History

The Historic Costume Collection of over 9000 donated items serves as an educational, scholarly, and artistic resource for students and the Milwaukee community.

Ranging from the 18th century to present day, the Collection exhibits an array of women's couture and ready-to-wear garments from notable women with Wisconsin ties to famous designers such as:

Current and upcoming Historic Costume Collection exhibits:

The Historic Costume Collection is supported by the Mount Mary Friends of Fashion. Be a part of the mission to maintain this unique history of fashion that inspires new generations. Join the Friends of Fashion today by calling (414) 443-3639 and start receiving: 

  • Invitations to signature events
  • Previews and tours
  • Exclusive membership gifts
  • A subscription to the Friends of Fashion Newsletter

Interested in private tours, in-kind or financial contributions? Contact Elizabeth Gaston at (414) 258-4810, ext.164.