As part of a Hofstra University undergraduate research project on fashion in the 1950s, fabric magazines were the best starting point. These magazines are from the Fashion Collection at Special Collections – Long Island Studies Institute. There are
over twenty volumes in this collection whose dates range from spring in the early '50s to winter in the late '50s. 
American Fabrics magazine provides an abundance of illustration styles, advertisements, fashion trends, and vintage textiles and fabric swatches. The magazines are assumed to be for designers in (3)order for them to see the "in" fabrics before they start a new clothing line.