The collection was created in 1976 and contains about 1400 museum objects. The "uniforms" section includes military, service and school uniforms, as well as individual elements to them.

Among them are the uniforms of participants in the wars of national unification, uniforms of Air Force officers of the Kingdom of Bulgaria. Interesting exhibits are the elements of the uniforms of Tsar Boris III - an admiral's uniform and cape, a general's overcoat and a parade helmet.

Among the service uniforms, coats of diplomatic uniforms with rich decorations stand out. The number of uniforms of palace officials is also significant: of senior officials in the palace office, as well as those of various ranks of service personnel.

There are few school uniforms. They are also from more recent times.

Urban clothing includes men's, women's and children's clothing, as well as accessories to them from the end of the XNUMXth century to the present day.
Men's clothing is represented by formal suits - tailcoats, tuxedos and casual ones. They belong to prominent Bulgarian politicians, public figures and cultural figures, as well as ordinary citizens. Among them are the tailcoats of Andrey Lyapchev – a Bulgarian politician, of Stefan Bobchev – a politician and public figure, personal belongings of Dragan Tsankov, everyday suits of Tsar Boris III, etc.

Women's clothing is the most widely represented: lavish outfits, velvet capes with ostrich feathers and beads, hats with feathers, flowers and veils, umbrellas, fans, shoes, bags. Some of them belong to the wives and daughters of Bulgarian politicians, diplomats, public figures.

The stage costumes of Bulgarian theater, opera, cinema and ballet artists also have a significant presence: the great Gena Dimitrova, Mimi Balkanska, Elisaveta Jovovich, ballet dancer Nadia Vinarova, Nevena Kokanova, Konstantin Kisimov, Stefan Getsov, Apostol Karamitev, etc. .

And children's clothing has its place in the collection. Dresses, suits, shoes from the end of the 50th century to the XNUMXs of the XNUMXth century.
The collection also houses costumes from Bulgarian films, which are part of the "Museum of Bulgarian Cinema" collection, received at the NIM in early 2006 as a donation from the then management of "Boyana Film" EAD, headed by film director Evgeni Mihailov.

The collection includes unique costumes from the films created during the "golden age" of Bulgarian cinema: from historical films relating to the First and Second Bulgarian states - "Khan Asparukh", "Boris I", "The Golden Age" , "Kaloyan", "The Day of the Rulers", "The Weddings of Ioan Asen", "The Master of Boyan", "Konstantin Kiril the Philosopher", "Time Separated" and others.

Authentic garments are created based on archaeological and historical information about the time and events they are associated with. Their technical performance is fully in line with the traditions of the respective era, which makes them as close as possible to their originals. All of them are made by hand, from natural materials. Some of the costumes are quite elaborately crafted. So e.g. to make the costumes of Sebastokrator Kaloyan and Sebastokratoress Desislava, the artists used the frescoes in the Boyan church, the fabrics were delivered from Syria, and specialists from the Netherlands and France were engaged in their production, and in their final form they were completed in Bulgaria.

Another section of film clothing includes costumes related to Bulgarian films, recreating events from the end of the XNUMXth century to the middle of the XNUMXth century. Here are the lace dresses and accessories of Nevena Kokanova, in which she recreated the images of her heroines from The Thief of peaches", "Tobacco" and others.

In addition to recreated historical costumes, the collection also contains unique original values ​​such as authentic footman costumes from King Ferdinand's royal palaces, military uniforms from the early XNUMXth century and women's clothing.
Part of the collection consists of clothes used in the mass scenes of Bulgarian films. They are often used in the educational programs of the National History Museum.

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