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Fashion: History of Fashion

Exposes students to careers in the fashion industry.

Research for Fashion History

History of Fashion



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Select a Topic:
Most initial topics are too large, and choosing a topic is a multi-step process. Find and read some background information, and then move on to finding more specific information. Refine (broaden, narrow, refocus, or change) your topic and do more searching.

Some ways to Narrow Your Topic - focus on one of these:

  • a specific time period
  • a specific style of fashion
  • a specific geographic location
  • specific individuals or groups
  • a specific aspect of your subject

Vintage Fashion Plates and Magazines


Fashion History Websites

Articles from Historical Periodicals

  • American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection -- Time period covers 1691-1887
  • JSTOR -- provides full text online access to important scholarly journal literature in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other humanities and social sciences disciplines.
  • Readers' Guide Retrospective -- A database containing comprehensive indexing of over 500 of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States from 1890 - 1982. RGR is an excellent source for locating primary materials in 20th-century American history and culture.


Books on Reserve

  • Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style
  • Dance and Fashion
  • Feet and Footwear
  • Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
  • The House of Worth 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture
  • Shocking: the Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli
  • Survey of Historic Costume -- 5th edition
  • Sustainable Fashion and Textiles
  • Versace

More books can be found in the "Mini-Library" in CCM, Room 100c 

  • 746.92 -- Fashion Designers
  • 391.09 -- Fashion History


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