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This site presents over 3,600 pages of period (1800s through mid-1900s) fashion articles, catalogs, books, and images. The site can be browsed, but most images require a subscription account to access.
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The V&A holds the national collection of Textiles and Fashion, which spans a period of more than 5000 years, from Predynastic Egypt to the present day. A good source for images, articles, and reading lists/bibliographies.
"This image database includes descriptions and low-resolution copies of over 1100 production and publicity photographs relating to the Theatre Guild. Each photograph has been indexed by photographer and by subject, and, where applicable, by play title and playwright."
"Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google."