Welcome to Accessory Museum
This museum is the largest private museum in Japan that exhibits modern costume jewelry and fashion.
Through a variety of fashionable items, the museum provides the opportunity to experience true beauty.
About Exhibition Rooms
Each room of the museum is dedicated to one particular era, and presents a comprehensive exhibition of not only accessories but also furniture, precious clothes, and bags, to create a distinctive atmosphere and power of the times.
Through moving from one room to another, you can feel not only the characteristics of each era but also the transition of trends, as well as the ideologies and cultures underneath.
The Permanent Collections
The Victorian era in British history was under the reign of Queen Victoria, which was from 1837 to 1901. During this era Britain developed its own cultural style.
The Industrial Revolution was taking place, and accelerated the evolution of economy and culture, as well as the prosperity of art.
Delicate designs in the motif of natural objects are well known.
After the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria wore black dresses and jewelry and remained in mourning for the rest her life. Mourning jewelry became popular among ordinary people.
Black mourning jewelry were made from jet or glass.
Mainly featured designer: Kate Greenaway
(circa late 19th C. to early 20th C.)
“Art Nouveau” was the style of art applied to architecture, furniture and craftwork between late 19th century and early 20th century.
Art Nouveau made the highest progress in glass, steelwork and interior.
Leading artists in this style include Émile Gallé and the Daum Brothers. They invented new techniques in glasswork.
Mainly featured designers: Alfons Maria Mucha, Charles Martin, Émile Gallé
“Art Deco” was the style of art design mainly seen in Europe and the United States in the early 1900s that influenced fashion, architecture, and industrial commodities. It was at its height when the Paris Exposition was held in 1925.
Art Deco, which was created by revitalizing old designs and inspired by oriental and ancient art, is known for its geometric designs.
Mainly featured designers: Louis Icart, Erté, Coco Chanel
“Haute Couture” refers to tailor-made luxury clothing.
The designers, who had a very high social status back then, made clothes by customizing the details of the basic designs.
Their customers were often wealthy and preferred highly artful clothes and accessories.
Mainly featured designers: Gustavo Trifari, Miriam Haskell, Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli
“Prêt-à-porter” refers to ready-to-wear clothing. Riding on the waves of industrialization and the advancement of women, talented designers created a large number of novel designs. It was a varied era where fashion reached the general public to form trends.
Mainly featured designers: Yves Saint-Laurent, Fabrice, Lea Stein
“Avant-garde” refers to innovative new designs, which strongly reflected the designers’ resistance towards mass production and conservative ideas of fashion.
Mainly featured designers: Christian Lacroix, Moschino, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana
Special Exhibition: Limited-time exhibition
Museum Shop: Original accessories, antique accessories and souvenirs
4-33-12 Simomeguro Meguro-ku, Tokyo Japan 153-0051
10:00 – 17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Every 4th and 5th Sunday
In addition, there are special holidays in summer and winter.
University/High School Students ￥600
Elementary/Junior High School Students ￥600
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