At the new fashion museums popping up across Europe, you can put this season's micro-minis andkaleidoscopic prints into historic context. Zandra Rhodes has just opened the Fashion and Textile Museum (83 Bermondsey St.; 44-207/403-0222;, which showcases British designers such as Mary Quant and Rifat Ozbek,in a Ricardo Legorreta-converted warehouse in South London. • The permanent collection at Antwerp's ModeMuseum (28 Nationalestraat; 32-3/470-2770; is predictably strong in traditional lace and embroideries, but even more central to the museum are its displays of modern-day fashions. • Next year, the collections of Spain's most famous couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga, will be transferred to the expanded Aldamar Palace (3 Parque Aldamar, Getaria; 34-943/004-777; • Meanwhile, Yves Saint Laurent is planning to display his French fashion house's archives in his former Paris headquarters (5 Ave. Marceau). • In Milan, an $8 million fashion museum is set to open in 2005.

Sarah Larenaudie