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Bibliography: Fashion and Costume

The following are a selection of related subject headings in the Online Catalog:

advertising - fashion

clothing and dress

clothing trade


costume – history

decoration and ornament

dress accessories



fashion – history

fashion – social aspects

fashion illustrators

fashion merchandising

men’s tailoring


search also under type of clothing

search also under costume-name of country


Some of the related titles owned by the library

Barton, Lucy
Historic costume for the stage
REFERENCE PN2067 .B3 1963

Bruhn, Wolfgang
A pictorial history of costume
REFERENCE GT513 .B763 1988

Calasibetta, Charlotte Mankey
Fairchild's dictionary of fashion
REFERENCE TT503 .C34 1988

Contemporary fashion
REFERENCE TT505.A1 C661995

Cunnington, C. Willett (Cecil Willett)
A dictionary of English costume
REFERENCE GT507 .C8 1968

Davenport, Millia
The book of costume

Gorsline, Douglas W.
What people wore : a visual history of dress from ancient times to twentieth-century Americay
REFERENCE GT513 .G6 1952b

Klepper, Erhard
Costume through the ages : 1000 illustrations
REFERENCE GT513 .K513 1967

Lambert, Eleanor World of fashion : people, places, resources
Picken, Mary
The fashion dictionary

Racinet, A. (Auguste)
The historical encyclopedia of costumes
REFERENCE GT510 .R3313 1988

The St. James fashion encyclopedia : a survey of style from 1945 to the present
REFERENCE TT505 .A1 S7 1997

Sichel, Marion
Costume reference, v.1-8
REFERENCE GT730 .S48 1977
History of children’s costume
REFERENCE GT1730 .S53 1983
History of men’s costume
REFERENCE GT 1710 .S53 1984
Ibid. History of women's costume
REFERENCE GT1720 .S53 1984

Stegemeyer, Anne
Who’s who in fashion
REFERENCE TT505. A1 S74 1988

Yarwood, Doreen
Encyclopedia of world costume

Selected Internet Resources from the Librarians' Internet Index (http://lii.org)

Between a Rock and a Hard Place - http://americanhistory.si.edu/sweatshops/
Subtitled A History of American Sweatshops 1820-Present, this site is designed to give a virtual user the feel of walking through the actual exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Starting from a floor plan (or using navigational toolbars) you begin each section with a graphic from the original exhibit. Using your mouse you select an object (document, garment, sign, artifact, etc.) in the image for more information. Sections include history, the global fashion industry, the 1995 El Monte sweatshop, and comments from six individuals about sweatshops in the U.S

Costume Page- http://members.aol.com/nebula5/costume.html
A comprehensive directory of more than 2,000 costume and costuming-related links, for the benefit of those who make and/or study costumes: costumers, students, historical re-enactors, science fiction fans, dancers, theatrical costumers, and those interested in fashion, textile art, and costume history.

Costumer's Manifesto
- http://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/costhistpage.htm
A history of costumes beginning with ancient Babylon, Egypt, and Crete and continuing through the late twentieth century. A timeline with many images is also available. There are many links to Ethnic Costumes and other fashion sites.

Elizabethan Costuming Page - http://www.elizabethancostume.net/
A searchable site that includes information, drawings, and photos about clothing for peasant, middle, and upper class men and women from the Tudor and Elizabethan periods (sixteenth century) in English history. In addition there are extensive period illustrations, patterns for making everything from shoes to hats, information on Elizabethan fabrics and colors, and some information on costume of the time outside of England. Also available is a bibliography and costuming sources and supplies.

Fashion & Costuming Resources - http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/crlnews/1999/apr/gladragscom.cfm
A list of links, with excellent annotations, to Web sites relating to costuming, fashion (both historical and current), the fashion industry, education, and more.

FashionIndia - http://www.fashionindia.net/
This site is aimed mostly at those involved in the fashion industry in India but there are two features of more general interest: the brief History of Indian Fashion and the Glossary of Indian Fashion . Information on Indian fashion designers, coordinators, models, and photographers is also included.

Fashion Net- http://www.fashion.net/
This site, "the world's leading fashion site," features a fashion-specific Web sites search engine, links to industry sites, with categories including: cosmetics, designers, magazines, models and modeling, schools, shopping and shows, chat and message boards.

firstVIEW - http://www.firstview.com/
A great source for runway pictures of Milan, Paris, London and New York fashion shows. Although a subscription (expensive) is required for the very latest shows, the thousands of free photos of over 175 top designers' collections of make it worth a visit. Site has photographs only, there is no commentary and very little editorial material.

Regency Fashion Page - http://locutus.ucr.edu/~cathy/reg3.html
A wealth of images, information, and links relating to 18th and early 19th century fashion for men and women. Included are images and articles from period fashion magazines, online books about Regency fashion, a year by year chronology of what people were wearing, and more.

Solemates: The Century in Shoes - http://www.centuryinshoes.com/
This site offers a decade-by-decade look at shoes and their place in fashion and culture from the 1900s-1990s. For each decade you can read an essay, view examples of footwear, see advertisements from the period, and view QuickTime "Scenes from the Decade." There are also three feature articles: Dangerous Shoes, Ga-Ga for Gaza [Gaza Bowen, shoemaker], and Ruby Slippers. Includes a pre-20th century chronology of "great moments in shoe history."

Virtual Garment Center - http://www.garment.com/
Interactive meeting place and source for the apparel, textile, and fashion industries. Searchable database of companies.