European Fashion Heritage Association

The European Fashion Heritage Association (EFHA) has been established in 2014 and since then, it has grown, attracting more than 40 European fashion institutions, from small private museums to large national institutions, coming from 14 European countries, united in the objective to unlock and give free access to the unique and vast fashion heritage of Europe.

We believe that this growing network we have created will strengthen our European identity and unlock the full potential of our shared fashion heritage for creatives, scholars and fashion lovers alike. We believe also that uncovering and sharing the vast wealth of fashion heritage assets stored in public and private museums and archives across Europe will empower these institutions, raising their visibility and connecting them with new audiences, allowing, at the same time, the full valorisation of our shared fashion heritage for work, for study and for fun, fostering a more inclusive, diverse and creative society and supporting the preservation and valorisation of craftsmanship and the related intangible heritage connected to textile and fashion, which hopefully can inspire and foster a more sustainable and fair future for the whole sector.

EFHA has become an international hub, in which fashion GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums), brands, researchers and creatives can share experiences and best practices in the field of digitisation, open access, co-creation, reuse and valorisation of fashion heritage resources, contributing to the digital transformation in the sector and supporting the preservation and valorisation of tangible and intangible heritage connected to textile and fashion. The Association operates also in the broader landscape of European digital cultural heritage, contributing as the fashion thematic aggregator to Europeana, the EU funded initiative that brings together and gives access to millions of digital heritage objects coming from cultural institutions all across Europe.

The European Fashion Heritage Association (EFHA) has been established in 2014 and since then, it has grown, attracting more than 40 European fashion institutions, from small private museums to large national institutions, coming from 14 European countries, united in the objective to unlock and give free access to the unique and vast fashion heritage of Europe.

We believe that this growing network we have created will strengthen our European identity and unlock the full potential of our shared fashion heritage for creatives, scholars and fashion lovers alike. We believe also that uncovering and sharing the vast wealth of fashion heritage assets stored in public and private museums and archives across Europe will empower these institutions, raising their visibility and connecting them with new audiences, allowing, at the same time, the full valorisation of our shared fashion heritage for work, for study and for fun, fostering a more inclusive, diverse and creative society and supporting the preservation and valorisation of craftsmanship and the related intangible heritage connected to textile and fashion, which hopefully can inspire and foster a more sustainable and fair future for the whole sector.

EFHA has become an international hub, in which fashion GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums), brands, researchers and creatives can share experiences and best practices in the field of digitisation, open access, co-creation, reuse and valorisation of fashion heritage resources, contributing to the digital transformation in the sector and supporting the preservation and valorisation of tangible and intangible heritage connected to textile and fashion. The Association operates also in the broader landscape of European digital cultural heritage, contributing as the fashion thematic aggregator to Europeana, the EU funded initiative that brings together and gives access to millions of digital heritage objects coming from cultural institutions all across Europe.

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