The Gallery of English Costumes in Manchester is a truly unique offering, differing in quite a few ways from the traditional museum that one tends to find dotting the England countryside. Visitors to Manchester are certain to get a kick out of this establishment’s quirky displays. The Gallery acts as something of a Museum, covering the history of English fashion from the 17th century up to the present day.
Permanent exhibits include costumes from each and every notable era in fashion that has occurred between then and now. As a result, the facility is very much in vogue for serious students of fashion design, and if one calls ahead, one can be granted private access to the Gallery’s personal library of fashion and design books. This collection is so extensive, with rare magazines and out of print catalogues, that the privilege to peruse them is highly sought after by locals and tourists alike. Be sure to plan in advance!