The Ad*Access Project "presents images and information on over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on several subject areas including Beauty and Hygiene.
"The Design Center at Philadelphia University houses 200,000+ objects related to textiles and fashion." Go to the Archives of this Tumblr site to see an ever-growing digitized collection of historic fabric swatches.
The Drexel Digital Museum Project: Historic Costume Collection is a searchable image database comprised of selected fashion from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, designs loaned to the project by private collectors and costume exhibits. Users can search by a number of categories including Decade, Designer and Fabric Type.
Europeana is an online portal that allows users to Explore fashion - historical clothing and accessories, contemporary designs, catwalk photographs, drawings, sketches, plates, catalogues and videos - from museums and archives across Europe.
Ohio State University's The Historic Costume & Textiles Collection is a scholarly and artistic resource of apparel and textile material culture. The 11,500+ holdings encompass a range of three dimensional objects such as textiles and articles of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children, including national dress costume, from the mid-18th century to contemporary 21st century designers. Search the collection or browse by decade.
The Parson's New School for Design libraries have digitized over 1,500 fashion design sketches from the archival collections of Claire McCardell, Norman Norell and Mildred Orrick with the intent of documenting the history of 20th century American Fashion.
"The images that comprise the Fashion Design History Database reflect the metamorphosis of women's fashion from the 1920s through the 1970s. Exploring themes of functionality and form, the designers whose work is represented in the database demonstrate the ways in which fashion has evolved along with women's changing roles."
Consisting of about 100 images, the Pratt Institute Libraries' Fashion Plate Collection consists of hand-colored fashion plates from the French periodical La Gazette du Bon Ton and its American edition, La Gazette du Bon Genre. The plates date from 1914 to 1922.
The LA Public Library's scanned fashion plate collection includes over 6,200 hand-colored, fashion illustrations published in British and American fashion magazines between 1780 and 1880. Visitors can use the search engine to search for items by keyword.
The Commons on Flickr was launched as a collaboration with the Library of Congress and now includes digital contributions from a number of museums and historical agencies with the aims of showing "hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives."
Currently users can only search through the simple search field, or browse by institution or tag. Several institutions have photographic 'sets' such as "cowgirls," "bathing beauties" and "hats" which feature fashion-related images. The images in the Commons have no copyright restrictions, however, the user should read the Rights Restrictions for each institution for more detailed information.
"The Getty Research Portal is an online platform providing global access to digitized art history texts. The Portal is comprised of catalog records that link to full, digitized texts hosted by the contributing institutions or their service providers." Researchers may find important digitized texts by searching for terms such as 'fashion' and 'dress.'
"American Memory provides free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning."
The LIFE photo archive contains millions of photographs from the mid-19th century through the present. Images are licensed for "personal non-commercial use only". Persons interested in fashion may type in a keyword, a designer's name, or may choose to browse by decade to get a sense of clothing styles.
The London College of Fashion's Paper Patterns collection includes over 800 sewing patterns dating from the 1920s to the present day. The collection has been digitized and viewers may browse or search by date or decade; the name of the pattern publishers; the type of garment or the name of the designer where specified.
The Margaret Herrick Library is a non-circulating reference and research collection devoted to the history and development of the motion picture as an art form and as an industry. Visitors may wish to explore the library's digital collections with the Costume and Production Design Drawings Collection and Movie Posters collection being of particular interest.
NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.
Created in 2008, the Scottish Register of Tartans is a database of tartans intended to protect, promote and preserve tartan designs. Visitors may search the register, by tartan name or colors, to find information about thousands of tartans. They can also access information on resources in the National Records of Scotland for the study of tartan history.
This varied historic textiles and textile artifact collection includes over 1,000 items. Examples include Coptic textiles from 800-1000 AD, Kashmir shawls, African strip weaving, Scandinavian furnishing fabrics from 1950 to 1990 and English and French engraved roller prints from 1750 to 1850. Visitors can search the collection by function, origin, maker/designer, raw materials, cloth structure and process.
The Vassar College Costume Collection features a database of images of original historic clothing, dating from the 1830s to the present. Researchers may browse the collection or do a keyword search to find images of complete pieces as well as images of clothing construction details. The site also includes features a blog and links to past costume exhibits.
Vintage Ad Browser collects vintage advertisements from a variety of sources, including comic books, books and magazine. The site contains over 100,000 ads and visitors can search by topic such as Beauty & Hygiene and Clothes and within topics by decade.
VADS is an online resource for the students and educators in the visual arts. It consists of "over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK." The site includes online fashion and textiles collections from a number of UK art and design colleges and universities.
This web portal was "created in collaboration with 180 cultural institutions from 40 countries, We Wear Culture features short documentaries, high resolution images, 360-degree videos, and more. In total, there are no fewer than 30,000 items and 450 exhibits."
Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: Subscription
Provides access to thousands of images and full-text articles from the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion through the online Berg Fashion Library. Users may check the Images box to search only for visual images.
ARTstor is a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Researchers may search for thousands of historical and fine-arts related fashion images.