Online Fashion Resources

As a person who has embraced the internet as an invaluable resource for research as well as entertainment (and you, reading this blog, presumably feel similarly), I thought I’d share some of my favorite websites for fashion related queries.

THE COSTUME PAGE
This is one woman’s personal directory of thousands of costume and costuming-related links, for the benefit of those who make and/or study costumes. There are over 1,000 unique links listed on these pages.

FIRST LADY INAUGURAL FASHION
This U.C. Davis site has links to PBS inaugural fashion sites, related books, etc.

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State University has an amazing collection of digital fashion plates in high resolution quality.

THE HENRY MADDEN LIBRARY

This site has a Fashion and History online resource with visual dictionaries, costumes pages, and more.

THE STATEN ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

This online collections database features over 100 selections from the extensive clothing collection at Historic Richmond Town, including women’s dresses and wedding gowns, men’s and women’s military uniforms, infant’s and toddler’s dresses, and women’s petticoats and other undergarments.  Periods from Colonial American through the 21st century.  Stories of individual wearers accompanies the artifacts.

VINTAGE TEXTILE
This site has a tremendous wealth of information both textile and general fashion-related, concentrating on Victorian through 1940s. Though it is technically an online store, there are articles, galleries with pictures, and more.

THE COSTUMER’S MANIFESTO

Though it’s a little tedious to browse, this site has great links to topics like Accessories, Armor, Dye & Paint, Ethnic Dress, Fashion Theory, Hats, How-To, Military Uniforms, and more.

THE COSTUMER’S GUIDE TO MOVIE COSTUMES
This site is for research on movie costumes. Many costumes just have reference images, some of them have “”how to’s”” or suggestions for different fabrics, trims, patterns, or other accessories. There are also links to existing online costume study groups.

LIBRARIAN’S INTERNET INDEX
Has great links to reputable costume-related sites.

BISSONNETTE ON COSTUME
Kent State University Museum’s visual dictionary of fashion. Search options include geography, time, and subject.

FASHION PLATE COLLECTION
University of Washington Libraries digital collection, with pictures and accompanying summaries of clothes.

L’OFFICIEL DE LA MODE ONLINE
Jalou Gallery has the entire L’Officiel de la Mode available online for researchers.  Though it’s in French, it’s still helpful and you can print out the articles in their original layout (complete with images). You can view the issues, as if scanning them on a microfiche by clicking the “Plein Ecran” link. You can also zoom in by clicking on the “Freme” link and read the text, look for references and much more.

OTTOMAN FASHION ONLINE
Run by the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries, this online site provides the history of Ottoman dress.

DREXEL UNIVERSITY HISTORICAL COSTUME COLLECTION

Searchable costume collection, including 3D panorama views.

THE HISTORY OF COSTUME
This site is an online version of the classic costume work The History of Costume by Braun & Schneider, published between 1861 and 1880. The illustrated plates consist of historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century.

THE COSTUME GALLERY
This site serves as a clearinghouse for websites and images on clothing and hairstyles. Scroll down the homepage for featured articles. To search for specific information, click on ‘Study’ to research in the Online Costume Library.

CLOTHESLINE JOURNAL
This site promote the study of costume and textiles and their relation to history and society, meant to be an academic journal. Articles can cover a wide array of topics and are fully sourced.

F.I.T. E-MUSEUM
This searchable database includes beautiful images, descriptive essays, and a number of designer biographies on 350 objects from the Museum at FIT’s holdings.

V&A / BERG ONLINE FASHION LIBRARY
1600 images from the V&A fashion collection. Users can search and browse for specific items of dress and to move between text and related images. Thumbnail images will be displayed within the Berg Fashion Library, and users will be able to click through to the V&A website for the full-sized image and further information. Launching in June

Happy researching (and please contribute your own favorite fashion image and fashion text links)!

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4 Comments

  • Liz of Scholar Style Guide April 27, 2010 10.37 am

    Great list of resources! I look forward to working my way through them!

    My favorite blog to visit as someone who enjoys thinking through fashion (in addition to my own: ) ) is http://www.iheartthreadbared.wordpress.com.

     
  • Eric April 28, 2010 02.36 am

    This site has a tremendous wealth of information both textile and general fashion-related, concentrating on Victorian through 1940s. Though it is technically an online store, there are articles, galleries with pictures, and more.christian louboutin

     
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  • Melanie Carrico November 13, 2010 09.16 pm

    Alas, Bissonnette on Costume is no longer. The Kent State University Museum has changed their website and with Anne’s move back to Canada, her part of the site has been dropped. It WAS wonderful.

     

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