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Usually refers to the prevailing fashion in coiffure, jewelry, and apparel of a specific period, country, or class.  Costume can indicate obsolete, historical or retro styles of clothing, jewelry and apparel of a time period. It may also refer to the artistic arrangement of accessories or clothing in a movie or play representing the time, place, or other circumstances described within the given medium.

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Subject Headings

Here are a few potential subject headings used in Chinook.  Use these terms to search under “subjects” or “keyword”. 

Costume 
Costume - bibliography
Costume - history
Costume - pictorial works
Costume - social aspects
Costume - country name
Costume and civilization
Costume design 
Costume designers 
Costume design - history
Costume design - pictorial works
Costume history - 19th century
Costume history - 20th century
Costume in art
Costume in literature
Dressmaking
Dressmaking - Patterns
Ethnic costume
Pattern books
Textiles

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Bibliographies and Reference Books

Costume and Fashion: A Concise History
Location: Norlin Library--Art & Architecture--Stacks
Call No.- GT511 .L38 1995 

 

Costume design 101 : the business and art of creating costumes for film and television
Location-Norlin Library--Stacks
Call No.- PN1995.9.C56 L32 2010

 

Survey of historic costume: A history of Western dress
Location-Norlin Library--Stacks
Call No.- GT580 .T67 2010

 

Theatrical Costume, Masks, Make-up and Wigs: A Bibliography and Iconography
Location- Norlin Library--Reference Collection--Stacks
Call No.- Z5691 .J68 2000

 

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

The Dictionary of Fashion History
Location- Norlin Library--Art & Architecture--Stacks
Call No.- GT730 .C86 2010

 

The Dictionary of Costume
Location- Norlin Library--Stacks
Call No.- GT507 .W5

 

Costume Language: A Dictionary of Dress Terms
Location- Norlin Library--Stacks
Call No.- GT507 .D38 1994

 

The Encyclopedia of World Costume
Location- Norlin Library--Art & Architecture--Stacks
Call No.- GT507 .Y37 1986

 

Encyclopedia of world dress and fashion
Location- Norlin Library--Art & Architecture--Reference
Call No.- GT507 .E54 2010 v.1 (through v. 10)

 

The Guide to Historic Costume
Location- Norlin Library--Art & Architecture--Reference
Call No.- TT503 .B33 1995

Pictorial Sources

What People Wore When: A Complete Illustrated History of Costume from Ancient Times to the Nineteenth Century for Every Level of Society
Location- Norlin Library--Reference Collection--Stack
Call No.- GT511 .L474 2008

 

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Interdisciplinary Databases

These databases can also be important resources in locating Fashion and Costume topics.

Academic Search Premier
A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database, with more than 5,300 full text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals.

 

Google Scholar
Search peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

 

JSTOR
Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals with articles on fashion, costume and dress.

 

Project MUSE
Full-text articles from over 300 high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers.

 

Art and Design

Art Full Text
Indexes and abstracts articles about costume, fashion, textiles and clothing.

 

Artbibliographies Modern
Includes costume, performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists' books, ethnic arts, fashion, and more.

 

Design & applied arts index
DAAI will help you find articles from scholarly and trade journals on modern and contemporary design, including fashion, costume, and clothing.

 

Recommended Journal

Costume [electronic resource] : the journal of the Costume Society Scholarly, peer-reviewed journal published by the Costume Society presenting current research into historic and contemporary dress. 

Search for full-text in International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance
May 01, 2005- June 17, 2010

 

 

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The prevailing style (as in dress/clothing) during a particular time.  Fashion is most commonly applied as a general term for a currently popular style, especially in clothing, footwear or accessories.  Fashion is presently the most frequently used term to describe the study and design of clothing.

CHINOOK: Search CU Library Catalog

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Here are a few potential subject headings used in Chinook.  Use these terms to search under “subjects” or “keyword”. 

Clothing and dress 
Clothing and dress - social aspects 
Dressmaking
Dressmaking - Patterns
Fashion 
Fashion and art
Fashion - history
Fashion - periodicals
Fashion - psychological aspects 
Fashion - social aspects
Fashion designers
Fashion drawing
Fashion in motion pictures
Fashion photography  
Fashion shows 
Garment cutting
Lingerie
Men’s clothing
Sewing
Tailoring - Pattern design
Textile fabrics
Textile industry
Textiles printing
Textiles
Underwear
Women designers
Women fashion designers

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RECOMMENDED: Books, Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & More

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Bibliographies and Reference Books

Berg Companion to Fashion
Location- Norlin Stacks
Call No.- GT511 .B47 2010

Contemporary Designers
Location- Norlin Library--Art & Architecture--Reference
Call No.- NK1166 .C66 1997 

Haute couture & prêt-à-porter : mode 1750-2000 : a choice from the costume collection, Municipal Museum, The Hague
Location- Norlin Library--Art & Architecture--Stacks
Call No.- TT504.6.N4 H33 1998

 

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Oxford Art Online

Provides access to Grove art online; The Oxford companion to western art; The concise Oxford dictionary of art terms; Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Includes entries on costumes, fashion design and clothing

 

AF encyclopedia of textiles
Location- Norlin Library--Art & Architecture—Reference AND Norlin Library--Art & Architecture--Stacks
Call No.- TS1445 .A18 1972

 

Contemporary fashion [electronic resource]

Full-text in Gale Virtual Reference Library

 

Encyclopedia of world dress and fashion
Location- Norlin Library--Art & Architecture--Reference
Call No.- GT507 .E54 2010 v.1-10

 

Encyclopedia of clothing and fashion 
Location- Norlin Library--Reference Collection--Stacks
Call No.- GT507 .E53 2005 v.1-3

Pictorial Sources

Casey Fashion Plates (LAPL)   
The Joseph E. Casey Fashion Plate Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library contains over 6,200 hand colored fashion plates from British and American magazines dating from the 1790s to the 1880s. All of the plates are indexed and digitized for online viewing.

 

The fashion book
Location- Norlin Library--Art & Architecture—Stacks
Call No.- TT503 .F37 1998

 

Fashion : the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute : a history from the 18th to the 20th century
Location- Norlin Library--Art & Architecture—Stacks
Call No.- GT580 .F37 2002

 

Haute couture & prêt-à-porter : mode 1750-2000 : a choice from the costume collection, Municipal Museum, The Hague
Location- Norlin Library--Art & Architecture--Stacks
Call No.- TT504.6.N4 H33 1998

 

DATABASES: Articles, Reviews & More

click here to view

    Interdisciplinary Databases

    These databases can also be important resources in locating Fashion and Costume topics.

    Academic Search Premier
    A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database, with more than 5,300 full text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals.

     

    Google Scholar
    Search peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

     

    JSTOR
    Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals with articles on fashion, costume and dress.

     

    Project MUSE
    Full-text articles from over 300 high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers.

     

    Art and Design

    Art Full Text
    Indexes and abstracts articles about costume, fashion, textiles and clothing.

     

    Artbibliographies Modern
    Includes costume, performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists' books, ethnic arts, fashion, and more.

     

    Design & applied arts index
    DAAI will help you find articles from scholarly and trade journals on modern and contemporary design, including fashion, costume, and clothing.

Recommended Journal

Fashion theory [electronic resource]: Fashion Theory bases itself on the idea of ‘fashion’ as the cultural construction of the embodied identity. Peer-reviewed articles cover a range of topics from foot-binding to fashion advertising. Four issues are published every year.

Full-text in Art Full Text
Sept. 01, 1997- June 17, 2009

Search for full-text in Academic Search Premier
Mar. 01, 2004-

 


Finding Images

ARTstor 
Searchable database of more than 1,000,000 digital images and associated catalog data. ARTstor features images of jewelry, fashion plates, accessories and clothing.

 

Oxford art online 
Provides access to Grove art online; The Oxford companion to western art; The concise Oxford dictionary of art terms; Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Includes entries on costumes, fashion design and clothing. 

Digital Image Collections

Luna Insight Collections
Digital image collections provided by The University of California Image Service; includes collections of images of architecture, fashion, gardens and landscapes, historical maps, posters and more.

 

Art Institute of Chicago Textile Collection
The Museum's Textile and Fashion Arts Collection features more than 27,000 items from American, European, and non-Western cultures and many historical periods.

 

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
BFA's collection is mainly focused on textiles, but the museum website contains digitized images of fashion illustrations and highlights from their Textile and Fashion Arts Collection

 

Casey Fashion Plates (LAPL)  
The Joseph E. Casey Fashion Plate Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library contains over 6,200 handcolored fashion plates from British and American magazines dating from the 1790s to the 1880s. All of the plates are indexed and digitized for online viewing.

 

Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles: Materials Collection
The Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles documents, promotes, and fosters the pioneering history of textiles at Goldsmiths, University of London, from the 1940s to the present day, and works to promote textiles as a primary source of cultural knowledge and heritage in the UK, and internationally.

 

Costume Designs for Stage and Screen by B.J. Simmons & Co., 1889-1959
From the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, this online exhibition includes over 200 images from the collection of the British costumier B. J. Simmons.

 

Daphne Dare Collection
Online images from the Daphne Dare Collection at Ohio State University's Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute. Dare was a British designer for theatre, film, and television who worked on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

The Drexel Digital Museum Project: Historic Costume Collection
Drexel University's Historic Costume Collection contains more than 7000 items and includes fashion plates, photographs, and 19th- and late-20th-century haute couture by French and American designers.

 

FIT's Online Collection
FIT's online collection contains an extensive searchable and browseable gallery. The collection's strength is primarily in modern and contemporary women's fashion

 

LACMA Costume and Textiles
LACMA's online collection showcases their 18th-19th century European costume collection as well as English fashion drawings by Anne Frankland Lewis and images from various collections from LACMA's repository.

 

London College of Fashion’s Woolmark Company Collection
These black and white photographs from the 1940's through to the early 1980's capture designs of key couturiers. Includes examples from the ready-to-wear market by manufacturers such as British Home Stores, Berkertex, Windsmoor, Susan Small, and Marks & Spencer, as well as examples by top designers such as Mary Quant and Christian Dior.

 

Kyoto Costume Institute Digital Archive
KCI's Digital Archive includes a browseable interface to view costumes by time period from the early 18th century to the mid-20th century.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Costume Institute
The Met's Costume Institute online collection is browesable and searchable online with more than 25,000 descriptions of the pieces from their collection and the Brooklyn Museum. Many of the individual records also include images that can be viewed online.

 

Motley Collection of Theatre & Costume Design
From the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Rare Book and Special Collections Library. Especially strong for costuming of Shakespeare productions (1932-1976)

 

Theatrical Scene and Costume Design
From the University of Calgary. Includes the work of multiple designers going back to the mid-nineteenth century

 

Wayne State University Digital Library
Includes the Digital Dress: 200 Years of Urban Style collection. Records are searchable in the database and includes examples of occupational, formal, recreational, mourning, masquerade, and everyday wear for men, women, and children. Pieces by European and American designers, local dressmakers and retailers, and home made garments are included.