St Petersburg Biennale of Museum Design3
09/11 – 19/12/2018

A new open storage department “Costume Gallery” opened in the Staraya Derevnya Restoration Center on December 8, 2017. The Hermitage Museum has one of the world’s renowned costume collections. Exhibits from the Department of the History of the Russian Culture dating from the late XVI–XXI centuries and featuring the evolution of the European fashion constitute its major part.


The collection amounts to over 24 000 items and includes priestal vestments, ceremonial costumes of the Russian Imperial Court and traditional garments from various provinces of the Russian Empire, military suits and ball dresses, livery and home clothing, children’s dresses and town-dweller’s jackets, travel trunks and fans, hats and shoes, Russian tapestry and folk embroidery. Of particular value is a men’s clothing set of the first quarter of the XVIII century know as “Peter I’s Wardrobe”. It includes over 300 pieces of clothing and accessories that belonged to Peter the Great.


Storing textiles requires a lot of space and special equipment as well as maintaining proper conditions of temperature, humidity and light levels and dust protection. The Staraya Derevnya Restoration Center provides for all the necessary storage conditions for such sensitve exhibits, which allows for a visible storage display of the costume collection thus making it accessible both to academics and general public alike for the first time ever in Russia.


The new open storage “Costume Gallery” is the first and very important step towards creating a study center for textile, constume and fashion in the State Hermitage.


The open storage project was delivered by the staff of the State Hermitage Department of the History of the Russian Culture (headed by Vyacheslav Fyodorov) and curated by Nina Tarasova, Head of the Applied Art Department.




Visits to the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre are only possible on guided tours.
Bookings can be made by telephone:  +7 (812) 340-10-26
Address: 37a, Zausadebnaya Ulitsa, St Petersburg (Metro station: Staraya Derevnya).