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A scholarly journal focused on the business of fashion, covering topics like design, manufacturing, marketing, retailing, and consumption.
A scholarly journal that offers interdisciplinary critical analysis of fashion as a cultural phenomenon.
A great database for primary resources; use keyword searching to find images by garment type, designer and brand names.
Women's Wear Daily Archive
Use keyword searching to find images by garment type, designer and brand names; another great database for primary source material.
The History of Modern Fashion by
Publication Date: 2015
Covers chronological changes in womenswear, menswear, and childrenswear, the dissemination of style and the mechanisms of change, and the relationship between fashion, the arts and popular culture.
Publication Date: 2003
A beautifully illustrated history of 150 years of fashion; from the earliest development of haute couture in 1850 right up to the present day.
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion by
Articles describing the colorful facets of couture and textiles, investigating various types of fabrics and materials while also considering such types of garb as aprons, bikinis, and prison dress.
Images and Copyright
Where to find images and how to use them correctly while observing copyright laws.
Great background information on the United States by decade: there is an entire section about fashion for each decade, but also lots of good general information for historical context. Look for the drop menu as shown below to choose the decade.