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Fashion Design

A guide to print and online resources at CCA Libraries

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Using Artstor

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Fashion and Costume


Worchester Corset Company, 1893 / House of Worth, Evening Dress, 1895 / John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Madame X, 1883 (Images accessed via the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Fashion and Costume Image Resources

Additional Image Resources

Dress. Ji Eon Kang (American, born 1973), spring/summer 1997, silk, metal. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Richard Martin.

Fashion Exhibitions

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty

The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire

This exhibition explores the aesthetic development of mourning fashions of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Women in Black: Fashioning Mourning in the Nineteenth Century

Watch this "Friday Focus" lecture on Mourning Attire.

Credible Websites

The following websites will help you with your research:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Costume Institute

Search the Costume Institute's collection of more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories represents five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.

Smarthistory -

An interactive art history website with lectures, video, and images.

Getty Museum -

The Getty Museum website providing access to the research institute, Getty virtual library, open content program, and current exhibitions.

Metropolitan Museum -

The Metropolitan Museum website with information on exhibitions, collections, and image resources.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History -

This is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. 

National Museum of American History - Costume Collection -

The Costume Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, contains over 30,000 garments and accessories representing the changing appearance of Americans from the 17th century to the present. 

Victoria & Albert Museum - Fashion Collection -

The V&A’s Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dress in the world.