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Use the links below or the sidebar to access different types of resources. This guide will help you locate resources on contemporary fashion as well as historical costumes.  If you have a question, use the chat box to Ask a Librarian during library hours.

Academic Books: Reference Books | Gale Virtual Reference Library | Books & eBooks

Periodicals: Print Magazines & Databases

Web Sites: Contemporary Fashion | History of Fashion | Trade Shows | Renee Young links


Reference Books

Reference books include works such as specialized encyclopedias, atlases, and dictionaries.

They are excellent places to start your research. You can:

  •  Gather background information and gain a general overview on your topic
  • Develop a list of keywords for online searching

Library Catalog

  •  How to Find: Click on FIND BOOKS on the Library Homepage.
  •  How to Search: Use the “Quick Limits” tab to the right of the search box and select "Reference".

Suggested KEYWORD search terms to start your research: 

    • costume
    • fashion

 Important Note: Print Reference books (1st floor) cannot be checked out of the library.  


Ref GT2130.C4 1997  A Century of Shoes: Icons of Style in the 20th Century / Angela Pattison, Nigel Cawthorne.

Ref GT513.C58         Fashion, from ancient Egypt to the present day / edited by James Laver. 


 Subscription Database

 The Gale Virtual Reference Library offers electronic access to a comprehensive collection of reference materials including articles from specialized encyclopedias. 

How to Find: From the Library Home Page select Find Articles and scroll down to the Gale Virtual Reference Library   or use these links!

 How to Access: 

  • On Campus--there is direct access through FC computers.
  • Off Campus--there is remote access by logging in with the username and password available at the Reference Desk or Ask a Librarian if you are a currently enrolled student.

How to Search: You can combine search terms by using the Advanced Search option.  Read up on Searching Databases

Suggested KEYWORD search terms to start your research: 

    • fashion
    • 1960s


[electronic resource]         "The 1960s: Fashion: Overview." American Decades/Vincent Tompkins. 

[electronic resource]         "Afrocentric Fashion." Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion/Valerie Steele. 


Books and eBooks

Find Books or eBooks in the Library Catalog

The following subject headings are suggested for beginning your search. Use the drop down menu to change your search from Keyword to Subject Browse. Try entering the following subject terms to find books on fashion.

 Library Catalog Subject Browse:      

      • Fashion
      • Costume
      • Clothing Trade
      • Textile Industry
      • Clothing and Dress
      • Dressmaking

EBSCOhost service eBooks

On your results list, you may see Electronic Books mixed in with records for printed books in the library.  eBooks or Electronic books are listed in the Library Catalog, but these titles are actually part of a subscription database, EBSCOhost (eBook Collection) or Springer eBook Collection.

 How to access EBSCOhost:

  •  From the Library Catalog, click on the eBook title to view the complete catalog record, then click on the Linked Resource to enter EBSCOhost. 
  • From the Library homepage, to access eBooks go to the Find Articles link found on the homepage. Select EBSCOhost Service--> EBSCOhost Web--> eBook Collection.  As with all of the subscription databases, if you're off campus, you need to enter the login.  Get the logins from the Reference Librarian in person or, during library hours, through Ask a Librarian (currently enrolled students only).

Print Books

Fashion books in this category are usually marked “Books 2nd floor” or “Oversize 2nd floor", but can also include "New Books" and "Bestsellers". Circulating books can be checked out for two weeks, unless otherwise noted on the book, and may be renewed twice.  For more information on library policies, please see Borrowing.


Oversize GT510.B6713 20,000 Years of Fashion: the History of Costume and Personal Adornment / Francois Boucher

HD9850.5 .G35 2002  Textile Book/ Colin Gale and Jasbir Kaur

HD9940.U42 D525 2003  Inside the Fashion Business / Kitty G. Dickerson

Reserve Books

Reserve Books are materials that instructors have put in the library for student use.  They are located behind the Reserve counter on the 1st floor. There are many books on fashion and historical costumes that can be checked out for short-term loan, usually for two hours or overnight.



Print Magazines

  •  GQ--Gentlemen's Quarterly
  • Ladies' Home Journal
  • For fashion in the past, take a look at Life and Vogue.
  • Life (Life magazine goes back to 1936 if you are researching 20th century fashion trends)
  • Vogue (The library has July 1930 to Dec. 1976 then from Jan. 2000 to present)

Subscription Databases

To access the subscription databases, click on Find Articles on the library homepage.


Select EBSCOhost Service, then EBSCOhost web.  Select the databases that are appropriate for your topic.  (Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier are multi-disciplinary databases. Academic Search Premier includes over 3,700 peer-reviewed full-text articles. MasterFILE Premier includes 1,700 periodicals.

  1. Enter your search terms.  If you do not select a particular field, you will be searching in all the fields.
    • If you check the Full Text box, you retrieve only records that contain the "full-text" or complete article. 
    • If you do not check the box, you retrieve records with the complete article as well as records with citations and only an abstract (summary).
  2. For more on search strategies, see Searching EBSCOhost.


Web Sites

Contemporary Fashion

Apparel Search

Apparel Search is a directory for all things related to the apparel industry directory including fashion careers, trade shows, textiles, apparel associations, fashion blogs and a lot more.

Fashion Magnet

Gail McInnes blog on industry news, events, interviews, industry advice from fashion experts.

Fashion Museum

The Bath and North East Somerset Council's Fashion Museum was formerly known as the Museum of Costume. The Fashion Museum website showcases their world-class collection of historical and contemporary dress.

fashion net

For info on contemporary fashion, provides web pages in English, Spanish and Japanese. This web site offers links to designers, fashion labels, magazines, blogs, books and more. Some sites may require subscription or sign-ups. also links to modeling agencies, architectural firms, art sites and other art/design related topics. 

Fashion School Review

Besides information on fashion schools, this site also has helpful articles on careers in fashion design, merchandising and other areas of the industry. 

Fashion Showroom

Users can view photos by city, season, or subject.

Fashion Trendsetter

According to their website, “Fashion Trendsetter is an online fashion and color forecasting, trend reporting and news e-zine which serves up-to-date fashion information from the major trade fairs, trend reports and fashion forecasts.” is a social network for those interested in fashion or involved in the fashion industry. There are blogs including ones on clothing & accessories, fashion shows, trends, hair & beauty and the fashion industry.


firstVIEW is an online fashion photo archive. Most useful for students are the free Collections that can be viewed by users. An expensive subscription is needed to access the complete site. There is also a calendar of events.


Fashion Infomat covers the fashion business including trend forecasting, career information, designer biographies, retail buyers, trade events and marketing. There is a searchable database for fashion info.

Olena: Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine

OLENA magazine was founded in 2007 as a global online publication to highlight to young fashion talents (designers, photographers, models, stylists, makeup artists, etc.) The magazine publishes materials in English, German and Russian., the "online home of Vogue", highlights current fashion trends.


Stylelist offers videos and photos of fashion trends, hairstyles, and makeup along with celebrity gossip. No information on the publisher of this site.

Trends in Japan

Trends in Japan tracks fashion and street style as well as travel, sci-tech, life-style, and pop culture in Japan.


TrendStop, the Online Trend Book for Fashion Professionals, offers photos and analysis in over 30 categories such as street sport and jeans, knitwear, street style, color, materials, catwalks, etc. Categories are divided by Menswear and Womenswear. Subscriptions are expensive, but users can register for free trend alerts.


This British Vogue website gives you current fashion trends searchable by season, designer and article of clothing.

*Try ipl2. Web sites are selected, organized and described by a team of librarians funded by the state of California.  Search for fashion, "fashion industry", costume, or any other keywords you think are appropriate.  Also, remember this web site when you need to research other topics on the Internet! *


Trade Shows

Cosmoworlds: Fashion Weeks-Trade Fairs-Industry News

Cosmoworlds features pages on design for industry professionals who can locate information on global trends, trade show, fairs and trade data. Cosmoworlds is a resource for professionals in fashion, interior design, new media and entertainment.


Italtrade, the Made in Italy official portal, covers all types of Italian manufacturing companies, not just fashion related businesses. Users can find trade fairs in Italy, the Made in Italy Business Directory and much more.


PeruModa is the portal for the international trade show of the Peruvian fashion industry. 

PremiereVision: The World's Premiere Fabric Show 

This French website provides information for people and press in the fashion industry interested in this large exhibition specializing in fabrics. There are English and French versions of the pages.

TMC Fashion Square

This website gives information on exhibitors in the Textile and Mode Center, Zurich. In German.


The European Appeal and Textile Confederation represents manufacturers from 23 different European nations.


More Web Sites from Renee Young 

Cotton Incorporated

The official site for America's Cotton Producers and Importers, including news, research, and other resources. 


Elle magazine includes news on current and upcoming trends, as well as health, beauty, and pop culture information.  


A collection of fashion related links. 


An online trend forecasting and consulting company. A subscription based service.   

Fashion Wire Daily

"The first word in fashion." News site focusing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment. 


Online fashion magazine. Includes tips, style Advice, trends, and runway news. 

Harper’s Bazaar

Website version of the long-running print magazine. Includes sections on shopping, fashion ideas, and beauty. 


InStyle magazine's website includes information on fashion, celebrities, shopping, beauty, and current designers.  

Japanese Streets

Magazine on Japanese street fashion and street culture. Includes a great number of photos and links to items for purchase. 


Links to the GQ Magazine website. Includes information on fashion, style, news, and entertainment for men.  


Online luxury fashion retailer. 

New York Magazine

New York Magazine's site includes sections on fashion, shopping, and entertainment for New York City.

The Style Council

Service specializing in trend forecasting and textile design. 


Fashion trend forecast report and news service. Also includes coverage of key European trade shows.


Womens Wear Daily is a daily online newspaper which covers international fashion topics. Includes archives of past issues.


History of Fashion

Andre Studios, 1930-1941: Fashion Drawings & Sketches

"This digitized collection of thousands of fashion drawings and sketches produced by André Fashion Studios between 1930 and 1941 is the result of a partnership between the Picture Collection of The New York Public Library and the Special Collections & FIT Archives of the Fashion Institute of Technology Library... The collection consists of original, hand-colored and reproduced fashion drawings from André Studios, one of a small number of competing design studios that created fashion sketches to sell to clothing manufacturers in the United States and Canada on a weekly basis. Pearl Levy Alexander and Leonard Schwartzbach were partners in André, with Pearl creating the designs and Leonard acting as the salesman. André specialized in children’s coats, and ladies coats and suits, and produced about 20 sketches a week for most of the year, beginning in 1930 and ending in the early 1970s. The site showcases the first decade of the firm’s output, up until the beginning of World War II, an oeuvre of significant proportions providing unique insight into fashion trends for women and children during the 1930s." (from web site)

The Costume Gallery

The Costume Gallery is dedicated to online articles and resources. Contains over 2,900 webpages of period fashion articles, catalogs, books and images to access.  The site is no longer free so for full access to the info, you need to pay. 

The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Costume Institute of the Met has a collection of more than thirty thousand costumes and accessories spanning five continents and covering several centuries. Their website provides a database for searching more than 7,000 images from their costume collection as well as from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection. You can search their database for "18th century dress" or just try searching "costume" to browse their photos.  Look at the rest of the Metropolitan's web site. There is a wealth of information!

The Costume Page

The Costume Page is a site with links to hundreds of other web pages on costumes.  You will have to decide how reliable the information is on each site.  This site does have a lot of links to historical costumes, making costumes, costumes for live performances and much more.  

The Costumer's Manifesto

The Costumer's Manifesto is created and maintained by Tara Maginnis, Ph.D. of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is the costume designer and a Professor of the UAF theatre department. The site provides links to a wide range of costume related resources.

La Couturière Parisienne

La Couturière Parisienne offers the user links to web pages covering the Medieval and Renaissance period to the early 1900s. The site links to artwork and fashion plates that provide visuals for the costumes of particular periods. Users will also find patterns, articles and photographs.

Elizabethan Costuming Page

The Elizabethan Costuming Page by Drea Leed lists links to Elizabethan/Renaissance web sites by categories such as Colors & Fabrics, Hats & Headwear and Costume Construction.

Europeana Fashion

The Europeana Fashion best practice network aims to aggregate existing content from the most important and interesting public and private European fashion collections. This fashion-related content will be integrated into

Fashion History Costume Trends and Era

This site contains illustrated pages covering Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Fashions and Social History.

Fashion Museum

The Fashion Museum in Bath, England has a collection covering historical and contemporary fashion.  The Fashion Museum link will take you to the page for searching their historical collection.

Fashion Past and Present

This page provides links to other web sites with information about fashion, textiles, armor, cosmetics, jewelry and more.

Fashion Plate

University of Washington Libraries Digital Collection includes 417 fashion plates from 1806-1914 from some of the leading fashion journals of the times.

The History of Costume by Braun & Schneider

The website has text and illustrations from Braun and Schneider's 19th century book, The History of Costume. This book published from 1861 to 1880 has plates covering ancient costumes to the 19th century. However, keep in mind that the illustrations have a Victorian perspective to the costume designs so they may not be authentic.  They may also reflect the misconceptions of the late 1800s.

KCI: The Kyoto Costume Institute

The Kyoto Costume Institute collects and preserves examples of western clothing. The site has a Japanese and English version which gives you access to their digital archives with images in chronological order.  The images allow users to zoom in to see details in the fabrics. The site has examples of clothing from the mid-1700s to the 1990s.

LACMA Costume and Textiles Online Collection

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art includes an Image Library on their website under the category, Costume and Textiles. Search for costume to locate more than 200 images of apparel and accessories from around the world. 

Manchester Art Gallery

The Manchester Art Gallery has an easy to use Gallery of Costume that covers primarily the 19th and 20th centuries, but also provides some photographs of costumes from the 18th century.

Ohio State University Historic Costume & Textiles Collection: Exhibitions

OSU's Historic Costume & Textiles Collection is a scholarly and artistic resource for information and images on apparel and textiles. The exhibitions page has numerous images from their past exhibitions. 

UNT Texas Fashion Collection

The University of North Texas Fashion Collection preserves and documents historically significant fashion. There are digitized photographs of items from their collection that can be browsed by time period and searched by keywords.  According to their site, they will be continually adding to their online digitized collection.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum has a Fashion, Jewellery & Accessories section on their web site that offers an array of clear photographs of costumes from the 18th to the present day. Search carefully to discover all the hidden layers in this site.


*Also try ipl2 at Web sites are selected, organized and described by students and volunteer library and information science professionals.  Search for "costume", "fashion history" or any other keywords you think are appropriate. Remember this web site when you need to research other topics on the Internet! *



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