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Fashion Design and Merchandising Research Guide

A useful guide for Fashion Design and Merchandise, which includes information about the history of dress, textiles, and sustainable fashion. This guide is meant to assist students in this area of study.

Fashion Books Call Numbers in the Library

Browse these call number areas for books related to fashion design and merchandising.

  • GT on the main floor (for clothing history)
  • TS on the lower level (for textile fabrics)
  • TT on the lower level (for fashion design and designers
  • Reference Section (main floor, outside Library 127):
    • GT has print copies of Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (2010) and the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (2005)

Use the Right Search Terms

Suggested terms for searching:

  • "fashion history"
  • "costume history"
  • clothing and dress -- history
  • cloth* - which will search clothes or clothing
  • costume
  • type of clothing such as dress, suit, lingerie, hat, accessories, etc.

Combine your search with a specific year, decade or time period or culture or nationality.

You can also search history books with chapters on pop culture, advertising, beauty, women and gender, etc.

Databases & Journals to Find Articles & Resources

Historical Newspapers & Magazines

Costume & Historical Dress Collections & Sites

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