The collection counts approximately 18.000 garments and accessories telling the history of Western fashion from 1750 up until today. Some chapters are being highlighted, such as sixties fashion, hats and designer shoes. Furthermore important couturiers as Worth, Jacques Doucet, Poiret, Patou, Jeanne Lanvin, Chanel, Balenciaga, Dior, Cardin, Courrèges, Yves Saint Laurent but also Versace, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood are represented in the museum’s collection. As for contemporary fashion a special emphasis is put on designers with international allure who have their roots in Limburg, for example Martin Margiela and Raf Simons. A regional anchoring is visible as well in the collection’s couture garments and accessories from important contemporary and historical fashion houses in Hasselt such as Jeurissen, Moray and Reekmans.
The collection pieces are shown to the public in the museum’s own exhibitions and, as loans, in shows of other museums worldwide such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Palais Galliéra (Paris), Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Landesmuseum Württemberg (Stuttgart), Museo Salvatore Ferragamo (Florence), MoMu Antwerp amongst others.