The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery holds a regionally important collection of costume and textiles dating from the 15th Century to the present day. The strengths of the collection include:

  • A world class collection of Jade and Ivory
  • The Bagot Collection of clothes accessories and jewellery worn by Lord and Lady Bagot including the Bagot family ceremonial and court dressings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries
  • The Rawlence Collection, of European textiles and lace, dating from the 16th to 18th centuries
  • Dolls from the Young Collection, encompassing early to mid 20th century costume dolls from around the world
  • Documentary evidence – photographs, dress making and knitting patterns, brochures and advertising material as well as other ephemera connected to costumes and textiles

Objects from this collection can be seen within the Changing Fashions gallery. Themed displays celebrate various aspects of the collection. In addition work by contemporary local designers and makers sit alongside the permanent collection. The museum also works in partnership with Staffordshire University whose students regularly show their work.