The Fashion Museum

Shoephoria! at Fashion Museum Bath

Reopens 18th May

The Fashion Museum Bath is one of the world’s great museum collections of historical and contemporary dress.

The Museum’s headline exhibition, A History of Fashion in 100 Objects, shows how fashions have changed throughout the ages, whilst the annual Dress of the Year selection shines a spotlight on contemporary fashion. This year we are also exploring the story of footwear with Shoephoria! a presentation of 200 pairs of shoes, displayed throughout the galleries.


Following the success of 2019’s Glove Stories the Fashion Museum will be exploring the story of shoes.

Showcasing 200 pairs of boots and shoes, many drawn from the Museum’s world-class collection, alongside ‘star’ shoes borrowed for the exhibition, Shoephoria! will trace the evolution of shoe style, materials and manufacturing over the last 300 years. 

The exhibition will include shoes worn by iconic figures, including actor Noel Coward, music hall star Fred Kitchen, ballerinas Margot Fonteyn and Alicia Markova, and the stars of Strictly Come Dancing 2020. Shoephoria! aims to present a new way of looking at footwear and fashion in a show that demonstrates the creativity and style of shoemakers and wearers throughout history.


Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath BA1 2QH

Dress of the Year 

The Fashion Museum’s collection is brought up to the minute with its annual Dress of the Year selection.

For Dress of the Year 2020 award winning fashion journalist and educator Iain R Webb selected a myriad of looks to represent a year with many stories to tell. Seven outfits plus one film were chosen including the headline making look worn by supermodel Naomi Campbell on a flight to New York in March 2020; a camel cashmere cape by Riccardo Tisci for Burberry with Tyvek hazmat suit, facemask and pink latex gloves.

When visiting you may notice some changes as we work to make your visit a safe and enjoyable one:

  • Please pre-book your tickets in advance at

  • The Fashion Museum will be open Tuesday-Sunday

  • Take a look at our collection online with our new YouTube series

  • We will not be accepting cash anywhere at the Museum, including in our gift shop

  • There will be a one-way system throughout the Museum

  • Please wear a face covering at all times (unless medically exempt)

  • Hand sanitiser stations will be available at regular intervals

  • Additional cleaning measures will be in place

Take a look at our collection online with our new series