Digital Library of the Week: Focus on Fashion

shoe fashion circa 1900
shoe fashion circa 1900

There are so many great digital collections that focus on fashion. Here are three of my favorites:

Dress and Fashion: Design and Manufacture from the New York Public Library Digital Gallery, contains many unusual resources on costume and fashion of the 19th and 20th centuries. There are historical surveys, manufacturers’ books, and swatch samples. You’ll find images of traditional Japanese hats and shoes, color and pattern swatches from Friedrich Bayer & Co., and the trendiest styles for men in the 1920s and 1930s.

If you are really interested in fashion and clothing, you’ll want to bookmark the the Fashion Museum. Located in Bath in the United Kingdom, you can search this museum’s collection of 20th century fashion using their Collection Search feature.

Just for fun, check out this 1913 Abercrombie and Fitch catalog, showcasing “Out-of-Door Clothes for Fastidious Women” from Harvard University Library.

Of course, you’ll want to see what resources the University Libraries has about fashion too! Try a catalog search by subject for topics such as fashion, dress accessories, clothing and dress, or costume. You’ll see we have lots to offer!

triangle dress from spring/summer 1972
triangle dress from spring/summer 1972

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