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Costume, Fashion & Textiles

All Sewn Up: Millinery, Dressmaking, Clothing and Costume. From the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Art and Fashion Libguide from the University of Pittsburgh. Although created for students at Pittsburgh, this is a useful guide for all researchers in this field.
Hang Zhiying. Qigong Tobabcco Company advertisement, 1930s.

Clothes Tell Stories: Working with Costume in Museums. An "on-line Costume Workbook ... about how to use costume to tell stories."

Costumers Manifesto. Web resource for all things costume related. 

Electronic Swatchbook. From the Powerhouse Museum. Thousands of fabric swatches to search, including by color.

Elizabethan Costume Page. Guide to what people wore in the Tudor era.

Fairchild Photo Service: "The Fashion World's Photo Gallery." Fashion designer archives. Photos may be licensed for publication. Research services available.   February 18,2014: Site has apparently been hacked and is not accessible at this time.

Fashion Encyclopedia. Descriptions of fashions through history, including bibliographies.

Fashion Librarian's Resource Guide: Libguide created at Pima Community College, primarily for librarians but contains lots of resources.

Fashion Net: "This is the World of Fashion."

Fashion Plate Collection. From the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections.

Flamboyant Fashion: A fun Pinterest collection of historic fashions.

Getty Museum Open Content Program. High resolution images of works from the Getty that are in the public domain and may be used FREELY. Recent additions include Max Hutzel Photographs of Art and Architecture in Italy and 15th through 18th century tapestries.

Godey's Lady's Book. From the University of Vermont.

Opus Anglicum: The Evelyn Thomas Database of Medieval English Embroidery. Freely accessible as part of the Index of Christian Art.

Smith College Historic Clothing Collection in Luna Insight. Images appropriate for classroom projection may be freely downloaded.

Tempora Atlantia: Eras in Embroidery. Annotated bibliography of sources for embroidery history.

World Images: Use pulldown menu under Portfolio Index to choose various collections under Clothing.   

Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection: Selection of the designer's work from the 1960s to the present.