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Fashion Design: Visual Research

This guide introduces users to materials and resources useful for research in fashion and fashion management.

Where to Find Images

Increasing your visual "vocabulary" will help you develop design ideas.  Any sort of image can provide inspiration and sources of images are limited only by your imagination.


Some images may be protected by copyright - ALL images in the UIW library's electronic resources are protected by copyright.
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•   Bloomsbury Fashion Central

◊   An electronic portal to ebooks and ejournals published by Bloomsbury Publishing, a leader in fashion/costume publishing.

◊   Includes the full text of the 10-volume Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion.

◊   Includes more than 4,000 images. 

•   Vogue Archive

◊   Coverage begins with the first issue (1892) and continues to the present. 

◊   Searchable document types include:  articles, advertisements, covers, and fashion shoots.

◊   Searchable features include:  photographs, charts, diagrams, and logos.

•   Artstor

◊   Contains millions of searchable images. 

◊   Set up an account to save images to folders.  Use your UIW student e-mail address to create an account.

◊   Artstor images can be used for educational purposes only - all other uses are prohibited.

◊   See the Artstor Research Guide for additional information on using the database.

•   Oxford Art Online  

       ◊   Access to this database is limited to one user at a time. 

•   Credo Reference 

◊   Has an Image Search function.   

•   New York Times - Historical

◊   Coverage of fashion events.

        ◊   Seasonal ads (Christmas, Easter) for clothing are often illustrated.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has instituted an open access policy for images of works it believes to be in the public domain.  You can use these images without
requesting permission or paying a fee.  Look for this symbol: 
•  Metropolitan Museum of Art
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