Several thousand garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the mid 20th century are preserved in our costumes and accessories collection, which reflects the history of changes in fashion and the culture, social mores, and ethnicity of the city of Fall River. The majority of examples are accompanied by a detailed provenance, linking them to the Fall Riverites who wore them and, in many cases, the circumstances of their being worn.
Holdings include garments worn by women of all classes. Among them are labels of well-known American and European designers. A large selection of undergarments and lingerie is also represented, as is clothing for children and young adults. Men’s clothing includes formal wear and military and fraternal uniforms. Fashion accessories include fans, footwear, hats, hosiery, and jewelry.