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A collection of historical and contemporary images from museum collections in the U.S.

Also contains selected images (over 6,000) of The Brooklyn Museum of Art Costume Collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Link also to ARTSTOR's
Fashion and Costume factsheet
Shared Shelf Commons: Historic Dress Rexford Costume Research Archive
Shared Shelf Commons: Motley Collection of Costume and Theatre Design


An integrated text and image database including the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, articles, essays, e-books and more.

News images by Associated Press photographers.  A great way to view contemporary everyday dress.


Life Magazine Archive. Cover to cover from 1926-2000

OR try..
LIFE Photo Archive Hosted by Google
This is an open access version hosted by Google with an interface that might suit better for just image searching. Coverage goes up to the 80s.



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Acqs of interest

Ribeiro, Aileen. Clothing Art: The Visual Culture of Fashion, 1600-1914. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.


Essentials of Period Style

by Hal Tine


Fairy Tale Fashion
by Colleen Hill


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Unmasking Theatre Design : a Designer's Guide to Finding Inspiration and Cultivating Creativity
by Lynne Porter.


Sustainable Fashion (e-book)
by Jennifer Farley