Visual Dress Resources



ARTstor --  A repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data and provides the tools to actively use those images.

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Online  -- Encyclopedia contains comprehensive articles on dress and adornment across cultures and throughout history. The articles feature images, focusing on countries, cultural groups, dress types, and themes. 

Oxford Art Online -- Database provides search and browse capabilities that allow users to refine results and choose to view biographies, subject entries, or images. Database includes Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

Visual Research Methods in Fashion.                                     Gaimster, Julia. Visual Research Methods in Fashion. Oxford: Berg, 2011. Print. --  Provides researcher with strategies, concept development, research tools, presentation skills, case studies, and colour theory.   This book is strongly recommended for all visual research topics.




Art Institute of Chicago Textile Collection  
Bata Shoe Museum
Bonnie Cashin Collection of Fashion, Theater and Film Costume Design, 1913-2000  
Boston Museum of Fine Arts  
Cornell Costume and Textile Collection 
The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection Database
Digital Dress Project, Wayne State University, The Henry Ford, Detroit Historical Museums, and Meadowbrook Hall Costume Collections 
Ohio Digital Resource Commons (DRC) -- Daphne Dare Collection
The Drexel Digital Museum Project: Historic Costume Collection  
Fashion Museum, Bath, United Kingdom  
Fashion Columbia Study Collection
Kyoto Costume Institute Digital Archive  
LACMA Costume and Textiles  
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Online Collection  
Smithsonian Women's Dress Collection  
University of Washington Libraries Fashion Plate Collection  
V&A Fashion, Jewellry, and Accessories  
V&A Textiles  



American Memory  
Flickr Commons
Getty Images  
Life Photo Archive hosted by Google  
Luna Insight Collections    
Reel Poster Gallery
Treasures of the New York Public Library  
UCLA Library Digital Collection Portal  
VADS: the Online Resource for Visual Arts