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Fashion and Textiles

The Ulster Museum holds a significant collection of fashionable dress, related accessories and textiles ranging in date from the eighteenth century to contemporary international designer and high street fashion.

The collection of fashionable dress is almost 47 years old, recreated after the former collection was destroyed in the fire following the bombing of the building in which it was then stored in November 1976. The Ulster Museum took this catastrophe as an opportunity to build a distinctive new collection. In the early 1980s it was decided that the museum should acquire complete International Designer and High Street outfits every year. This policy enables the collection to reflect the most important trends and designers in modern fashion, and to provide a valuable teaching resource for students of fashion design here in Belfast, and beyond. The Ulster Museum is the only museum in Ireland, and one of the few in the UK to collect modern fashion on such a regular basis. The Fashion Collection now contains over five thousand objects ranging from eighteenth-century silk gowns to modern International and High Street fashion.

BELUM.T3603

Disciplinary Dress
Dress

BELUM.T3668

Souper dress
Dress

BELUM.T3777

Torero ensemble
Evening dress, Yves St Laurent

BELUM.T2767

Opera cloak
Cloak

BELUM.T3488

Black silk Christian Dior dress with bows
Dress

BELUM.T3823

Skirt

BELUM.T4165

Tan leather strap boots

BELUM.T3654

Dinner Dress, Pierre Cardin

BELUM.T2411

Open robe

BELUM.T2704

Evening coat, black satin with striped collar

BELUM.T2839

Wedding outfit; coat

BELUM.T2969

Evening Dress

BELUM.T2559

Lady's shoes

BELUM.T2795

Ethnic evening dress

BELUM.T3218

Trouser Suit, Christian Lacroix (Designer Outfit)

BELUM.T2554

Dress

BELUM.T3223

Trained Dress

BELUM.T2920

Jacket, Jean-Paul Gaultier (Designer Outfit)

BELUM.T2303

Shawl, Paul Costelloe (Designer Outfit)

BELUM.T2310

Pullover, Paul Costelloe (Designer Outfit)

BELUM.T2313

Black leather shoulder bag, Paul Costelloe (Designer Outfit)

BELUM.T813

Short evening dress

BELUM.T3987

Jacket, shorts and top

BELUM.T2778

Jacket, Romeo Gigli (Designer Outfit)

BELUM.T2705

Coat

BELUM.T3779

Cocktail dress

BELUM.T1845

Letter case

BELUM.T1401

Trouser suit

BELUM.T616

Evening Dress

BELUM.T699

Day dress, black voile and net

BELUM.T3682

Evening dress, Lorcan Mullany

BELUM.T1813

Pair of lady's shoes

BELUM.T1008

Evening Dress

BELUM.T1817

Evening Dress

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BELUM.T3098

Suit

BELUM.T3003

Dress

BELUM.T3114

Dress

BELUM.T3775

Dress, Thea Porter

BELUM.T1638

Evening outfit - women's

BELUM.T4181

Dress

BELUM.T4016

'Tuck Pleat' dress

BELUM.T1473

Dress and short cape

BELUM.T1955

Hot pants

BELUM.T4144

jacket

BELUM.T1686

Crystal brooch

BELUM.T2163

Mini Dress

BELUM.T1618

Evening Dress

BELUM.T4143

dress

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BELUM.T4079

dress

BELUM.T4185

skirt

BELUM.T3501

Bustier Top

BELUM.T3502

Jacket