Fashion Focused Digital Resources Category Archives

Domestic Affairs: Video Interlude — 100 years of …

Life intervenes, yet again. I am currently focused on my virtual review of the forthcoming Hidden History of Philadelphia Fashion. However, with yet another “100 Years of…” as it pertains to fashion, whether hair, make up or clothes, filling up my social media mentions (I’m sure I’m not alone!), I thought I would digress from exhibitions for a moment to ask, how do Worn Through …

Pictures! Pictures! A Plea to Readers

Worn Through wants to post your pictures. If you attend a symposium or event, saw a fabulous exhibition (and have permission), or otherwise, we’d love to post some of your pictures that are relevant to our readers of museum professionals, academics, historians, entertainment industry folks, and more! Let’s put some names and faces together of all those wonderful papers and books we read. Let’s let …

Kōrero Kākahu: New Zealand Fashion Museum and Online Collections

Kia ora! I am writing this from bed, where I have spent a lot of time recently as I finally succumbed to the dreaded cold/flu hybrid that is doing the rounds. From the comfort of my own bed also comes this month’s post about the New Zealand Fashion Museum (NZFM). The NZFM was established in February 2010 as a predominantly online venture. This is a pragmatic and …

Fashion-Focused Digital Resources: North American Women’s Letters and Diaries

I find myself returning North American Women’s Letters and Diaries (NAWLD) repeatedly when seeking firsthand observations and descriptions of historic dress. The database is only available to educational institutions, but many libraries provide access to it as part of a package with other Alexander Street Press databases, and free trials are available to librarians and faculty members. The vendor describes it as “the largest electronic collection of women’s …

Interview with Monica by The Seams

I’ve been getting to know the crew over at The Seams, which is a new podcast developed by NPR contributor Jacki Lyden. As you may remember, we encouraged Worn Through readers to donate to their Kickstarter since the topic of their shows, storytelling about apparel, are certainly something we’d love to hear about more regularly. Recently I did a phone interview with Jacki that was …

Fashion-Focused Digital Resources: Highlights from the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music and more. Founded in San Francisco in 1996, the Archive offers permanent access to historical collections in digital format for researchers, scholars, historians and the general public. The Internet Archive is also working hard to preserve a record of the internet through their Wayback Machine and other endeavours. Every item …

Fashion-Focused Digital Resources: HEARTH Home Economics Archive

HEARTH (Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, History) is a fantastic digital archive compiled by the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell. Launched in 2003, HEARTH was recognized in a 2013 study of long-term sustainability of digital collections. The collection’s highlights, and likely what brings the most users to the site, are historical runs of Harper’s Bazaar, 1867-1900, and Good Housekeeping, 1885-1919. HEARTH’s Help page provides site navigation and searching …

Fashion-Focused Digital Resources: Videofashion Library

This week I’d like to share a review I wrote last year for the ARLIS Multimedia & Technology Reviews. The newsletter, intended for librarians, has highlighted several resources that are relevant to fashion historians. I examined Alexander Street Press’s Fashion Studies Online, an archive of fashion news videos produced by Videofashion starting in the mid-1970s and marketed as a “video magazine.” You may remember the now-defunct Style Network–Videofashion …

Fashion-Focused Digital Resources: VADS: The Visual Arts Data Service

The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) is an online resource for visual art and design images. The service, based at the University for the Creative Arts campus in Farnham, Surrey, holds images from several significant archives from institutions across the United Kingdom. Collections focused specifically on fashion and textiles include but are not limited to: London College of Fashion’s College Archive, Cordwainer’s Shoe Collection, Gala Archive, Paper Patterns, …

Fashion-Focused Digital Resources: Met Publications

MetPublications, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s portal for electronic versions of its exhibition catalogs and academic literature, has expanded in the last year to include over 400 titles. Many of these books, published since the 1960s, are now out of print. Some are available for free download or print on demand; others offer a preview with a link to purchase. MetPublications is complemented by the Met’s …

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