The Röhsska Museum’s fashion collection contains garments from the 1800s to the present day, and many of the greatest fashion designers of the twentieth century are represented by creations of the highest artistic quality. It also contains numerous accessories such as shoes, bags and jewellery. Each year, the museum works with temporary exhibitions in which fashion is presented in new contexts to stimulate interest in fashion from an artistic and historic perspective. Röhsska Museum wants to promote a deep and nuanced interest in fashion and works actively to collect archive materials, create networks and function as a meeting place for both creators of fashion and interested members of the general public.
A private donation
The core of the museum’s fashion collection consists of a donation from fashion historian Tonie Lewenhaupt, who donated her private collection to the museum in 1997. As regards collections from the late 1800s and 1900s, the museum will in rare cases accept donations that complement the existing collection. The museum currently collects primarily contemporary material in costume and fashion, and its aim is to acquire new and exciting idioms that we believe will be significant in the development of design.