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THE254: Costume I, Image Research

Fall 2023, K. Smith

Dress & Costume Reference

Major Image Database

Find images of actual garments, jewelry, and other dress accessories in museum collections as well as depictions of garments in sculpture, paintings, prints, and other two- and three-dimensional works of art.

Books & Catalogs

Helpful subject begins with phrases for finding books and catalogs about the history of dress and fashion are:

  • Clothing and dress -- [country or region name]
    eg., Clothing and dress -- Greece
  • [Cultural or ethnic group] -- Social life and customs
    eg., Inuit -- Arctic regions -- Social life and customs
  • Culture or ethnic group -- Clothing
    Yoruba (African people) -- Clothing
    Indians of South America -- Clothing -- Peru
  • Women's clothing | Men's clothing | Children's clothing
  • [garment names], eg., Kimonos | Underwear | Hats | Footwear | Shoes | Cloaks
  • Materials
    eg., Fur | Fur garments
  • Costume -- History -- [time period], eg. To 500

Helpful subject keywords for finding heavily illustrated books and catalogs in all subjects are:

  • Exhibitions | In art | Illustrations | Photographs | Pictorial Works | Portraits