Fashion and Costume

by David Michalski – March 13, 2020

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In this Guide:

The Berg Fashion Library provides text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Includes the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, extensive academic eBook collection, reference resources, museum directory, exhibition archive, teaching resources and a vast image bank.
Tags: Fashion

The Library has online access to the Encyclopedia through the Berg Fashion Library

Anthropology Plus brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK. Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. The index offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals.

Coverage: Late 19th century-present
Tags: Anthropology
Provides abstracts to sociology articles and the literature of related disciplines in the social, behavioral, and cultural studies. Covers over 1,800 journals, and book reviews. Mainly in English, but Includes materials in 30 languages.
Coverage: 1952-present
Tags: Sociology
Provides access to citations for a wide range of topics in the study of women and gender, 1972-present.
Coverage: 1972 (and earlier)-present
Tags: Women, Women's Studies

The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. Search by advertisement, article, editor, and more or browse each issue by date.

Coverage: 1892 to present
Tags: Fashion
Provides full-text for more than 7000 scholarly journals and other sources, including nearly 1100 peer-reviewed business publications. Offers information in nearly every area of business including management, economics, finance, and accounting. [1965 - present]
Coverage: coverage varies by title with some going as far back as 1886.
Tags: Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing
Covers 750 art journals including 470 peer reviewed journals, dissertations, reviews, and over 200 books related to art and architecture topics. Includes coverage from 1929 to present, including the complete former contents of Art Full Text and Art Index Retrospective databases. Some full text.
Coverage: 1929-

Art history is a vast discipline, geographically, historically, and intellectually. This bibliography serves as a guide to the key works in all areas of the discipline

Tags: Art, History


Searchable database of digital images.

Check out these guides from prominent Fashion Libraries
The links on these pages may be geared to the institution’s own patrons, but they may still be useful when seeking to better understand the literature and its organization

FIT: Fashion Institure of Technology Library Research Guides
66 Guides Related to Fashion Research

UCLA’s Fashion and Costume Guide
From the Arts Library at UCLA

Kent State Library Fashion Guide
Has a good list of museums and theatrical costume links

Rhode Island School of Design Textile Guide
From the Fleet Library

Search the UC Davis Library Catalog for Books on Fashion, Costume and Textiles with these suggested subject headings; they are Library of Congress subject headings and will work in the  UC Davis Catalog, Melvyl, Worldcat and other library catalogs for subjects related to clothing, fashion, textiles, etc.:

  • Art — Handbooks, manuals etc.
  • Beauty Personal
  • Beauty personal — blacks
  • Beauty personal — psychological aspects
  • Body image
  • Body image — adolescence
  • Body image — cross cultural studies
  • Body image disturbance
  • Body image in men
  • Body image in women
  • Clothing — cold weather
  • Clothing and dress
  • Clothing and dress — religious aspects
  • Clothing and dress — social aspects
  • Clothing care labels
  • Clothing factories
  • Clothing trade
  • Clothing workers
  • Collective bargaining — clothing industry
  • Consumption (economics)
  • Consumption (economics) — History
  • Consumption (economics) — social aspects
  • Consumption (economics) — United States
  • Costume
  • Costume — Asia
  • Costume — bibliography
  • Costume — religious aspects
  • Costume — moral and ethical aspects
  • Costume — pictorial works
  • Costume — political aspects
  • Costume — psychological aspects
  • Costume — sex differences
  • Costume — social aspects
  • Costume — symbolic aspects
  • Costume — United States
  • Costume and civilization
  • Costume Design
  • Costume designers
  • Costume design — history
  • Costume design — pictorial works
  • Costume history — 19th century
  • Costume history — 20th century
  • Costume history — medieval 500-1500
  • Costume in art
  • Costume in literature
  • Costume jewelry
  • Costumes
  • Culture — economic aspects
  • Decoration and ornament
  • Design–social aspects
  • Dress accessories
  • Dressmaking
  • Dressmaking — Patterns
  • Ethnic costume
  • Export marketing
  • Fashion and art
  • Fashion designers
  • Garment cutting
  • Hair — Social Aspects
  • Hairdressing
  • Hairdressing of African Americans
  • Hairdressing of Blacks
  • Hairstyles
  • Hat Trade
  • Hats
  • Headgear
  • Home economics
  • Jewelry
  • Jewelry, ancient
  • Knitting
  • Men’s clothing
  • Millinery
  • Millinery workers
  • Pattern books
  • Pleats (sewing)
  • Sewing
  • Sewing
  • Shawls
  • Shoes
  • Sweatshops
  • Tailoring (women’s)
  • Tailoring — Pattern design
  • Tailors
  • Textile fabrics
  • Textile industry
  • Textile printing
  • Textiles
  • Underwear
  • Uniforms
  • Wearable art
  • Wigs
  • Women clothing workers
  • Women consumers
  • Women designers
  • Women fashion designers
  • Women’s clothing industry