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 dress from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries
- The Rawlence Collection of European textiles and lace, dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries
- Dolls from the Young Collection, encompassing early to mid 20th-century costume dolls from around the world
Objects from this collection can be seen within the Design 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.