Fashion and Textiles

The fashion and textile collection offers a unique perspective into these industries and the uneven development of consumerism in Cold War-era Eastern Europe. The over 2,000 textile samples from the 1950s in this collection originate mainly from two locations – the Hungarotex Company’s manufacturing factory in Budapest, Hungary, and the Volkseigener Betrieb Zentrales Musterbüro für Druck (VEB Central Design Bureau for Printing) in Greiz, Germany. The collection also includes uniforms and bathing suits, among other kinds of clothing, which are complemented by fashion and sewing magazines in the Museum’s periodicals collection.