1 exhibition, 2 locations, 50 masterpieces, 150 years of fashion

For the first time in fifty years, the Dordrechts Museum will be putting its extensive fashion collection on exhibition. We will showcase 50 masterpieces that trace the most important silhouettes of 150 years of fashion: from the 18th to the 20th centuries. All information at this exhibition is in English.

From fast fashion to slow fashion

Fast fashion is today’s norm. In the past, an item of clothing would be used for years, whereas nowadays fashions change several times a season. In the old days, if a garment went out of fashion it would be kept or used for something new. The Slow Fashion exhibition, which is being staged at two locations, shows how carefully our ancestors treated their clothes – thoughtfully and sustainably. Historical items of clothing therefore form ideal conversation pieces to kickstart the discussion about sustainable fashion. Slow Fashion reveals how surprisingly up-to-date historical fashion can be.

Dordrechts Museum: Renewable fashion

The Dordrechts Museum has a fine collection that spans six centuries of Dutch painting, including work by great artists such as Aelbert Cuyp, Jacob Maris, Jan Sluijters and Marlene Dumas. With Slow Fashion the Dordrechts Museum presents two halls filled with ladies’ fashions from the 18th to the 20th centuries, together with paintings, prints, photographs and accessories. Alongside the historical items, there are also modern designs by Ronald van der Kemp, Monique Collignon, Monique van Heist, Anouk Beckers, Heleen Klopper and Rianne de Witte, all of whom pay particular attention to sustainability and recycling.

Huis Van Gijn: ladies’ wardrobes

Time has stood still for more than a century in Van Gijn House (Huis Van Gijn). This museum allows you to catch a glimpse of the life of the Van Gijn family around 1900. Enter Van Gijn House and admire the wardrobe of well-to-do ladies from the 18th to the 20th centuries, surrounded by interiors from the 18th and 19th centuries. A hundred years ago and earlier, the upper classes were expected to follow multiple dress codes a day. There was a different garment for each part of the day. This was not merely an expression of social status: changing clothes regularly also meant less wear and tear and a longer life for the precious items.


There are various guided tours, workshops and lectures tied in with the exhibition. Check the activities on this website or contact for more information.

REMAKE STUDIO (Dordrechts Museum)

In Slow Fashion, the visitor can discover that in the past clothing was regularly adjusted and redesigned. In the Dordrechts Museum’s special Remake Studio, you can see how workshops such as the Wereldwijven Atelier remodel clothing on the spot. There are fixed times when you can bring along your own treasured clothing so it can be given a new lease of life.


In the Wereldwijven atelier, 85 women from around the world create high-quality products for the atelier shop. They also carry out needlework commissions for designers and businesses.

PHOTO STUDIO (Huis Van Gijn)

The shape of clothes was adjusted to comply with the latest fashion by using various ‘accessories’ such as the bustle, the crinoline and the pannier. In the specially constructed photo studio, you can photograph yourself wearing an 18th or 19th-century dress with these appliances. If you have visited the exhibition and taken photos in the fitting room, you are welcome to share them with us via #slowfashiondordrecht.


Slow Fashion is being staged at two locations: Van Gijn House (Huis Van Gijn) and the Dordrechts Museum. There are lots of shops that specialise in slow fashion along the route between the two locations. Take our Catwalk Route and discover the most distinctive vintage shops in Dordrecht! You will receive 10% discount on vintage clothing at every participating shop when you show your combi day ticket.


ART & DINING @Dordrechts Museum

The Art & Dining museum restaurant at the Dordrechts Museum is an excellent spot to enjoy a drink and a tasty snack or to have lunch.
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00


Coffeelicious, in Van Gijn House (Huis Van Gijn), has created a Fashion High Tea. Price per person: € 23,50. Please note that this can only be ordered from Tuesday to Friday.

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00

Entrance fees

Free: Children under 18, Museumkaart, VDM, Rembrandtkaart, ICOM, Rotterdampas. Buy your tickets here.


The two parts of the exhibition can be visited in one day. You can order a combi ticket. Receive 10% discount at all participating shops along the ‘Catwalk route’ when you show your combi day ticket.

Tip: Get the combi-tweedagenkaart (2-day pass) if you are coming to Dordrecht for the weekend!

Public transport

The Dordrechts Museum is a 15-minute walk from the train station. Van Gijn House is less than 20 minutes’ walk from the train station. Car: We advise you to park in the Drievriendenhof parking garage, as there are very few parking spaces in the streets around the museums. The garage is only a two-minute walk away (200 metres); the address for satnav is – Korte Kolfstraat 235. There is also free parking on Weeskinderendijk; the street is a 15-minute walk from the museums.

The museums are about a 15-minute walk from each other.

Opening hours and addresses

Dordrechts Museum
Tuesday to Sunday
11:00 – 17:00
Museumstraat 40, Dordrecht

Van Gijn House
Tuesday to Sunday
11:00 – 17:00
Nieuwe Haven 30, Dordrecht

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