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Top 10 Streetwear Museums In The World

"Sometimes, you just have to clear your head and get out to see other things. It is very important to be nourished. I love to go to museums and galleries, I like to see theatre, film, dance - anything creative. It doesn't promise you inspiration, but it nourishes your creative soul, and that's good."

-Marc Jacobs, Founder of Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton's first creative director.


Ever wonder where the best designers get inspired? Here's our list of Top 10 Streetwear Museums In The World. Learn where the best designers such as Raf Simons, Ricardo Tisci, Hedi Slimane, Alexander Mcqueen, Martin Margiela, Rei Kawabuko get their inspiration. See some of the rarest and most iconic pieces of fashion and streetwear history up close and personal. Experience the art and inspirations that your favorite artists and designers saw and let them give you the same energy it gave them.

Victoria and Albert Museum

London, United Kingdom

Victoria Albert Museum Photo by Igor Misk

Housing the largest collection of the decorative arts in the world, the Victoria and Albert Museum features over 500 years of fashion and costume for you to explore. See the best work of the very greats including Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and many more. The intimate space allows you to closely examine every detail of these beautifully constructed masterpieces.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Paris, France

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Travel and Streetwear blog by Nomad New York.

The louvre of fashion museums, the Museum des Arts Décoratifs lets you explore 20th century fashion up close and personal. Their vintage collection includes haute couture pieces from legends such as Christian Lecroix, Paul Poiret, and Martin Margiela. Take a time portal back 200 years and walk into the present as you discover fashion with new eyes in this famous French museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, New York

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Travel and Streetwear blog by Nomad New York.

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York hosts exciting, special exhibitions that draw in hundreds of thousands of people from all around the world every year. Exhibitions at the Met tend to juxtapose historic designers with modern designers such as Ricardo Tisci, Raf Simons, Miuccia Prada, Alexander Mcqueen, and Martin Margiela.

The Museum at FIT

New York, New York

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Travel and Streetwear blog by Nomad New York.

The museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology houses both permanent and special exhibitions that include everything from medieval costume to vintage Chanel to Marc Jacob’s Louis Vuitton. Each exhibition is carefully planned out, allowing everyone that visits the opportunity to learn about the history and inspirations behind every design. The museum also offers classes and programs for those who want a more in-depth knowledge of fashion history.

Kyoto Costume Institute

Kyoto, Japan

 Kyoto Costume Institute Japan. Travel and Streetwear blog by Nomad New York.

Though relatively new, Japanese designers have become major players in the fashion world. With brands such as Comme des Garcons, A Bathing Ape, Fragment Design, Undercover, and Yohji Yamamoto spreading their reach around the world, Japanese fashion is an often overlooked part of fashion history. Explore the Kyoto Costume Institute and see vintage pieces from these designer’s first collections. Learn about their stories and what inspires them. See their garments up close and personal as you explore Asia’s best fashion museum.

Gucci Museum

Florence, Italy

Gucci Museum, Florence Italy. Travel and Streetwear Blog by Nomad New York.

Step into the world of Gucci where it all started. Upon entering the Gucci museum, visitors will see a beautiful vintage Gucci x Fiat Car, with completely decked out Gucci interior. On the second and third floor you’ll learn everything about Gucci from its' turbulent history to its' dedication to master craftsmanship. The Gucci Museum is a must-visit for your next trip to Italy.


Ferragamo Museum

Florence, Italy

Ferragamo Museum, Florence Italy. Travel and Streetwear blog by Nomad New York.

A true pioneer in luxury footwear, Ferragamo has become synonymous with high-quality shoes.  The Ferragamo museum takes you on the incredible journey of the brands’ founder, Salvatore Ferragamo, from his early days making shoes for his sisters to dressing Marilyn Monroe and other A-list celebrities.


Christian Dior Museum and Garden

Granville, France

Dior Museum and Garden. Travel and Streetwear blog by Nomad New York.

Responsible for the resurgence of high fashion after World War 2, Christian Dior has become the biggest and most sought-after name in luxury fashion. The museum is located at Villa Les Rhumbs, Dior’s childhood house. Retrace the steps of a young Christian Dior and learn about what influences made him the greatest designer of all time. The museum hosts a wide range of original Christian Dior garments including both haute couture and ready to wear.

Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent

Paris, France

Foundation Pierre Berge. Yves Saint Laurent. Travel and Streetwear blog by Nomad New York.

Opening in Fall 2017, the Yves Saint Laurent museum in Paris will feature various “accessories, sketches, photographs, and videos” as well as real vintage YSL pieces. Enter the world of YSL  as you step into the very rooms he designed and showcased his famous collections that changed fashion forever.


Antwerp, Belgium 

ModeMuseum Antwerp. Travel and Streetwear Blog by Nomad New York.

Famous for the “Antwerp Six” (Dries van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk van Saene, Walter van Beirendonck, Dirk Bikkembergs, and Marina Yee), Antwerp has quickly become a hub for the most creative designers in the world. The ModeMuseum in Antwerp combines interior design with the artistic process to take you behind the scenes of a designers’ process. Not only do they show you vintage pieces, but they show you mood boards, sketches, and other inspirations behind the pieces. Step into the minds of your favorite designers at the MoMu during your next trip to Belgium.


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