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Historical Costume: HOME

Find library and online resources related to costume studies, theory, and historical fashion for class projects and your general research needs.


Use the Library's Discovery Search to find books, articles, images, and statistics – All at one time!  You can use the 'Advanced Search' tool to limit your results. 

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Featured Resource: Berg Fashion Library

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Getting Started

These are great places to start any Fashion-type research.

   Fashion Research Starter Topics

Fashion is often differentiated from apparel in that it centers on haute couture and caters to an aristocratic and rarefied clientele, while the apparel industry is mainly dedicated to mass production and more attuned to practicality and salability than to fashion trends. There are numerous Research Starter articles related to fashion. 

   Historical Costume Pictures 

ARTSTOR is a database of art-related images. Searches can be performed by geography, classification, time period and keyword. Information available about each item include creator, culture, title, material, date and item description.  Images can be annotated, saved and downloaded from within your free ARTSTOR account.

   Berg Fashion Library

The Berg Fasion LIbrary is a unique portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg Content collections - including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images and much more.  Searches can be performed by time period, location and materials.

Getting Started: Arts & Humanities

These general reference sources are a good place to do background reading or begin you research. For a complete list of databases, see the Digital Resources Alphabetical List.

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