Fashion Librarian’s Resources Guide

This guide is a living document, created with the intention of aiding FTC Librarians working in all environments. We are continually taking suggestions via comments on this page.

Fashion Design Information Competencies
Fashion Research Databases
Scholarly Journals
Fashion Styles List
Print and Digital Reference
Trend Forecasting

We would like to thank the following contributors to the original resource guide, as well as those who have continued to contribute: Marie Botkin, Jane Carlin, Denine Del Balso, Robin Dodge, Julie Tran Lê, Sandra Ley, Rebecca Loughlin, Marlys McGuire, Leslie Preston, Lisa Shattman, Edith Serkownek, and Jennifer Yao Weinraub.

28 thoughts on “Fashion Librarian’s Resources Guide”

  1. Vintage Fashion and Art, LLC is the only online repository of dresses, fashion illustration and photography that exists in museum collections around the world. We are focused on 20th century fashion and all of the exhibits that are displayed on this website are organized by decade. This site is excellent for researching vintage fashion for collectors, students, designers and fashion enthusiasts. All photos are linked directly back to the museum where more detailed information and in some cases more photographs of the item can be found.

    1. Thank you, Wanda. Interesting resource!

      (Later…) I’m updating my comment. It’s a fascinating resource! SIG members – definitely take the time to review this resource. The vintage fashion exhibits, and fashion illustration images, both organized by decade, are as educational as they are enjoyable.

      I’ve added this resource to our Fashion Librarians’ Resource Guide: URL: (You’ll find it linked under the site’s Images & Multimedia Tab, in the alphabetical list within “Private Image Collections” content box.)

      Thanks again, Wanda!

      Sandra Ley (FTC SIG Moderator)

  2. Happy 10th Anniversary, Textile!

    In celebration of this milestone, the editors have selected 10 articles(one from each volume) and made them free online for the next 10 weeks*. We will also be offering a 10% discount on all Individual subscriptions for the next 10 days** when you use the following voucher code: TEXTILE10.
    Click on the links below to read the articles and please feel free to spread the word among friends, family and colleagues who may also be interested in the journal.

    Webs of Wrath: Terrible Textiles from the War of Troy
    by Lois Martin (Volume 1, Issue 3)

    Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Great Britain, and America during the Greater East Asian War, 1931-45
    by Jacqueline M. Atkins (Volume 2, Issue 1)

    Collecting the Contemporary: “Love Will Decide What is Kept and Science Will Decide How it is Kept”
    by Sue Prichard (Volume 3, Issue 2)

    Hiding the (Fabric) Stash: Collecting, Hoarding, and Hiding Strategies of Contemporary US Quilters
    by Marybeth C. Stalp, (Volume 4, Issue 1)

    Needled Women: Representations of Male Conduct in Mapula Embroideries
    by Brenda Schmahmann (Volume 5, Issue 1)

    Pecha Cucha: Lace
    by Catherine Harper (Volume 6, Issue 2)

    The Interpretation of Surface: Boundaries, Systems and Their Transgression in Clothing and Domestic Textiles, c.1880-1939
    by Victoria Kelly (Volume 7, Issue 2)

    Women, Cloth, Fluff and Dust in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South
    by Elodie Neuville (Volume 8, issue 3)

    Touching the Hem: The Thread between Garment and Blood in the Story of the Woman with the Haemorrhage (Mark 5:24b-34parr)
    by Barbara Baert (Volume 9, Issue 3)

    White, the Color of Whispers: Concealing and Revealing Cloth
    by Kathleen Connellan (Volume 10, Issue 1)

    *Articles free until 14th June
    Antonio Carvalho

  3. The NYPL now provides access to a collection of drawings and sketches produced by the New York firm André Fashion Studios. See: André Studios 1930-1941: Fashion Drawings & Sketches in the Collections of FIT and the New York Public Library at

  4. The London College of Fashion Victor Stiebel Archive is now available at:

    The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) recently announced the launch of the Victor Stiebel Archive from the London College of Fashion, which has now been fully digitised and made available online.

    “Victor Stiebel (1907-1976) was a British fashion designer and his clients included members of the aristocracy and the royal family, including Princess Margaret, and he also had an international reputation and dressed stars such as Katherine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh.

    The Archive at London College of Fashion includes three sketchbooks from his couture house in the early 1960s. The sketch books show models wearing his designs, ranging from stylish cocktail dresses to smart suits and blouses, and the books would serve as an overview of a collection and and be shown to clients to encourage them to place orders. The three sketch books cover Stiebel’s final years before ill health forced him to retire in 1963.

    South African born Stiebel originally moved to England to study architecture in Cambridge where he designed the décor and costumes for the Footlights Review. He went on to train with the court dressmaker Reville & Rossiter and in the early 1930s opened his own business in Mayfair in London. After a period in the army during the Second World War and then working for Jacqmar as Director of Couture, he opened his own business again in Cavendish Square.

    These new images add to the vast collection of material that has already been opened up online from the unique and extensive archives of the London College of Fashion. This includes images of sewing patterns; shoes from the Cordwainers College; promotional photographs of wool fashions from the Woolmark Company; promotional photographs of cosmetics from Gala and other cosmetics companies; as well as photographs which chronicle the history of the College from its origins as two early needle trade schools up until the 1970’s. In total this includes almost 8000 images which have been made available online for free use in non-commercial learning, teaching, and research.”

  5. Check out this new resource available through VADS!

    A stitch in time: Victorian knitting guides available online

    From complex and intricate fancy work to the very practical garments for sailors, many types of knitting are included in this unique collection of Victorian knitting manuals from the Knitting Reference Library located at Winchester School of Art Library, University of Southampton.

    The books were donated by scholar and former bishop Richard Rutt, often referred to as the ‘knitting bishop’ and widely known for his classic book ‘A history of hand knitting’ published by Batsford in 1987. Richard Rutt’s personal library of books, journals, magazines, patterns and his research notes on knitting were donated by him to the University. His intention being that his library joined the Montse Stanley Knitting Collection in recognition of their shared passion and knowledge of knitting developed through their long standing friendship.

    A particular distinction and strength of Richard Rutt’s collection is the range and number of nineteenth century knitting books first published in the 1830s. These Victorian knitting manuals may be considered as the precursors to the contemporary knitting pattern and the ‘how-to-knit’ books that are still being published over 180 years later. This collection has now been digitised and each book has been copied from cover to cover by the University of Southampton’s Digitisation Unit and are available online via the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).

    The knitting manuals have been made available on VADS as part of the JISC-funded Look-Here! project which was a collaboration between ten partners across the arts education sector. The project sought to develop skills and strategies for digitisation within libraries, museums, and archives in the arts education community.

    One of the outputs of the project was a series of case studies by project partners focusing on various different aspects of digitisation in the creative arts. This includes a case study on the Knitting Collections at Winchester School of Art Library by Linda Newington, which can be found on the project website at:

  6. Hi

    I’ve found another trend related source. Trendland It’s a New York based online magazine, which “aims to be the source for trend forecasters, professional and otherwise while redefining web media and becoming a techno-savvy hybrid of a magazine, art gallery and television all in one”.

    The site appears to cover various aspects of art and design, but there is a dedicated fashion section with headings of Ad Campaigns; Designers; Runway; and Trends.
    Appears to be free to use.


    1. Hi Rachel, I had a look at Trendland and found a lot of interesting content there. I’ll add it to our LibGuide’s trend websites section. Thanks for the heads-up!

  7. Here’s an interesting and free trend resource that I was alerted to by Rachel Campbell,
    Liaison Librarian at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K. (Thank you, Rachel!)

    “PSFK is the go-to source for new ideas and inspiration for creative professionals. We provide readers, event attendees and corporations with fresh trends and innovation stimulus. Over 1,000,000 readers from the design, digital, marketing, media and technology industries come to each month to read and share the emerging ideas that our editorial team identifies and publishes. We also publish a series of ‘Future of’ reports which have been underwritten by organizations such as United Nations, UNICEF and Microsoft… (See more at .)

    Although this resource isn’t by any means limited to FTC-related topics, it has enough to be of interest to our group. I’ll post the link on our Fashion Librarians Resource LibGuide somewhere on on the Trend Forecasting page (tab).

  8. FREE RESOURCE! NY Fashion Week is in full effect and Fashion Snoops is providing live coverage from the shows with new shows added hourly. Their Editor’s are tracking the shows and providing feeds and runway analysis for our clients. We can get full coverage for free from Fashion Snoops tumblr page:

    Do you know of any other free resources out there? Share! 🙂
    Sandra Ley (FTC Moderator)

  9. Hi

    I’ve a few UK/European based trend and prediction services for you:
    – Beautystreams subscription service, beauty and packaging trends.
    – LSN Global, subscription service, consumer trends by UK-based company Future Laboratories.
    – Trend Bible Print based trend book which focuses on interiors.
    – Trend Boutique subscription based fashion trend service set up for students to use.
    – Trend Tablet free to use social networking site set up by Li Edelkoort (of Trend Union).

    I’m also a fan of these blogs (both US based I think):
    – PSFK
    – Treehugger The fashion and beauty section is good for keeping an eye on new products and developments in terms of ecofashion and sustainability.

    Will suggest more as I think of them.


    1. Thank you very much for these, Rachel. I’ll load them onto our “Fashion Librarian’s Resource Guide” on the “Trend Forecasting: tab/page.

      Just a reminder to everyone: Please share your suggestions for information resources suitable for fashion, textile & costume research. I’ll post all titles/links to our online guide for permanent access. Here’s the link again:

      Fashion Librarian’s Resource Guide:

    2. Hi Rachel… All of these are interesting, but thanks in particular for Trend Tablet by Li Edelkoort (of Trend Union.) That one’s particularly fascinating and very useful. Also, the Trend Boutique’s “Cool Finds” in Fashion is great for fashion merchandising students. I’ve updated the Fashion Librarians’ Resource LibGuide with these sites. Some of the other links you sent aren’t quite as fashion-centric, but I’m happy to “steal” them for my interior design and digital arts students! Very useful! Thanks!

  10. Contributors to the FTC SIG’s “Fashion Librarian’s Resource Guide” have compiled links to resources for the professional development of FTC librarians. The “Instruction & Professional Development” page (tab) offers a link to the Information Competencies for Students in Fashion Design, suggested professional reading, and some presentations from ARLIS/NA 2011 Conference Workshop “Postcards from the Edge: Fashion & Textiles.”. See:

    Please post a message or e-mail SIG moderator Sandra Ley if you have suggestions for more resources.

    Sandra (FTC SIG Moderator)

  11. Hey Denine (and collective SIG knowledge base) – I know the trend forecasting services are very expensive resource. Which of your links, if any, are free online resources? If none, I’d like to have input on the WWW sites that set trends and influence fashion. (Ex:, etc.) Any suggestions? Thanks!

  12. Fashion: Past & Present
    Fashion: Past and Present gives you links to dozens of fashion resources. This site gives links from general and comprehensive sites, ancient times, middle ages, Renaissance, 17th through the 21st century, and more.

    1. Thanks for posting these trend forecasting resources, Denine. You found several I didn’t even know about! I’ll make sure they are entered in our soon-to-be-released “Resources for Fashion Librarians” LibGuide! 🙂 Sandra

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