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Fashion/Costume Design Resources: Books

A guide to resources helpful for researching fashion history and costume design.

Finding Books

To find books on fashion and fashion history, browse these call number ranges:

  • GT 510 - GT 1741 = Costumes and Fashion (2nd floor)
  • TT 490 - TT 854.3 = Clothing Manufacture  & Textile Arts (2nd floor)
  • TRs = Photography (for inspirational images) (2nd floor)

Don't forget to check out the oversize books in the area on the second floor between the central stairs and the restrooms.

Search terms to try in the online catalog (below):

  • Clothing and dress
  • Costume
  • Costume design
  • Costume in art
  • Fashion
  • Fashion design
  • Fashion designer
  • Fashion in art
  • Fashion photography
  • Men's clothing
  • Sewing
  • Style
  • Cosmetics
  • Hairdressing
  • Hairstyles
  • Wigs
  • Hats
  • Millinery
  • Handbags
  • Jewelry
  • Lingerie
  • Underwear
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Shawls
  • Shoes
  • Footwear
  • Footwear industry
  • Boots and shoes
  • Designer names (Chanel, Dior, McQueen, etc.)
  • Era or Time Period (Art Deco, Edwardian, 1970s, Forties, Roman, etc.)

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Reference Books

Shelved on the second floor of the library, near the central stairs (Reference Stacks):



Patterns & Draping How To

Children's Clothing


Fashion & Gender

General History

A resource list to get you started researching fashion history (not a complete list of library holdings):

Eras in Western Fashion

If you are researching a specific time-period in American or European fashion, these books may be helpful:

Street Fashion

Fashion Designers & Style Icons

Some examples of fashion designer biographies and compilations focusing on various designers around a theme:

Men's Fashion

Books in the other categories cover men's fashion as well, but these focus solely on that subject:

Women's Fashion

Books in the other categories cover women's fashion as well, but these focus solely on that subject:

Specific Types of Clothing & Accessories

Books about shoes, hats, jewelry, underwear, etc.:

Fashion of a Country or Place (Contemporary or Historical)

To find books on fashion in a particular country, city, or region, try searching the catalog for "fashion" and "country name" ("China," for example):