The Fashion Collection is made up of different parts, and you can find out more about them by using these links:
The Fashion Collection is an assortment of clothes, accessories, fabrics and haberdashery items which date from Victorian times to the current day. This is held in the Sheppard Library which is accessible to Middlesex University staff and students.
The collection is housed in the Materials Room (Sheppard Library:Basement) which is usually open 12pm to 3pm Monday to Friday (term-time).
We have also been lucky enough to acquire some garments from the designer Peter Jensen and also the partnership Meadham Kirchhoff.
These are held in the Materials Room, as part of the Fashion Collection.
Peter Jensen, handbag
Detail from Afghani dress held in the Fashion Collection
This collection of about 2,000 items was put together by a previous head of Fashion, Julian Robinson over 40 years ago. The various garments and accessories were acquired by purchase and donation and include dresses, coats, capes, shoes, hats and haberdashery from Victorian, Edwardian periods through to the 1970s. We have added to the Collection with more recent acquisitions. The Collection is kept in the Materials Room.
Objects from the collection can be studied or photographed in the Materials Room or may be borrowed by members of staff.
The Materials Room is usually open from 12pm to 3pm Monday to Friday, when specialist help is available. Contact ACILibrarian@mdx.ac.uk for more information.
Working with the Fashion programme we have improved the diversity of our Key Pieces collection by adding some exciting new garments from a clutch of young designers, such as Grace Wales Bonner, Martine Rose and Sindisco Khumala.
Dress by Sindisco Khumala
The Materials Room is usually open from 12pm to 3pm Monday to Friday during term-time for University staff and students. Please see the box below for the weekly opening times.
Please contact the email ACILibrarian@mdx.ac.uk to make an appointment outside these hours but still within our core hours on Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, or for more information about the using the Special Collections.
We have added some new classic fashion items to the Collection, sourced by fashion staff. These include:
These will all be loanable and available to borrow for studying.
For more information please come and ask in the Materials Room or click on the link below to view:
This is an index to the Fashion Collection. Items are stored in boxes, which have numbers, or on labelled hanging rails.
1900s: 25, hanging rail
1920s: 38, 39, hanging rail
1930s: 39, hanging rail
1940s: hanging rail
1950s: hanging rail
1960s: 84, hanging rail
1970s: 84, hanging rail
Artificial flowers: 80
Babies clothes: 83
Bags: 3A, 3B
Beaded dresses, 38
Beads: 71, 82
Blouses: hanging rail
Bobbins, lace: 70
Braids: 73,74, 75
Buttons: 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65
Capes, 10, hanging rail
Children’s clothes: 83
Chinese work boots: 2B
Coats: hanging rail
Collars, lace: 58
Edwardian costumes: 21, 22, 23,24, hanging rail
Embroidery samples: 76
Evening dresses: 38
Fabric samples: 77, 78
Fancy dress costume: 14, hanging rail
Flowers, artificial: 80
Handbags: 3A, 3B
Hats: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Hooks & eyes: 72
Key pieces 85, 86, hanging rail (for lending)
Lace, 58, 59
Lace bobbins: 70
Lace maker’s machine: 67
Motifs, decorative: 76
Press studs: 72
Samples, fabric: 77, 78
Theatre costume: 14, hanging rail
Tops: hanging rail
Underwear: 16, 17
Uniforms: hanging rail
Victorian costumes: 21, 22, 23,24, hanging rail
Wood cuts: 66
World costume: hanging rail