Costume & Textile Digital Libraries

Costume Research

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Let’s start! 

  • Fashion and Costume Design Research in the UCLA Library

This one is a one stop website for a FULL list of the best of listed image and reference digital collection to use.

‘Welcome to the UCLA Library guide for researching fashion and costume design topics. This guide is intended as a starting place for researchers, pointing to tools, resources, and strategies for finding information related to fashion and costume design’. cited from website.

http://guides.library.ucla.edu/c.php?g=180359&p=1187010

  • Digital Collections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries

Texts and images from the collections of the Costume Institute and the Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

http://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16028coll1

  • Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collection

‘Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections is an online database that provides public access to digitized materials from the collections of the Margaret Herrick Library.  Currently, the database contains more than 6,500 items, including correspondence, photographs, early release fliers, full issues of rare periodicals, sheet music, lobby cards and movie star ephemera.  The database also includes complete copies of more than 450 Academy publications, dating back to the founding of the organization in 1927’. Cited from there website.

http://digitalcollections.oscars.org/

  • Worcester Art Museum

‘Artstor and the Worcester Art Museum are collaborating to release more than 20,000 images of artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection in the Digital Library. Founded in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) is world-renowned for its 38,000-piece encyclopedic collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings, arms and armor, and new media. The works span over 5,000 years of art and culture. In addition to the Roman mosaic-laden Renaissance court and French chapter house, strengths of the permanent collection include collections of European and North American painting, prints, photographs, and drawings; Asian art; Greek and Roman sculpture and mosaics; and contemporary art. With its recent acquisition of the collection from the Higgins Armory Museum, WAM continues to diversify and expand its curatorial and programmatic offerings’. Cited from Artstors website

http://artstor.org/collection/worcester-art-museum

  • NYPL Digital Collections

‘Explore 691,450 items digitized from The New York Public Library‘s collections.This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more’.Cited from there website

http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/search/index?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=costume#

Free, online access to unique images, documents, & more. Topic Showgirls!

http://digital.library.unlv.edu/collections/showgirls/costume-design

‘The Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design is a valuable source of documentation on the history of theatre and is housed in the Rare Book and Special Collections Library. It is a rare collection of original materials on the theatre comprising over 5000 items from more than 150 productions in England and the United States. These materials include costume and set designs, sketches, notes, photographs, prop lists, storyboards, and swatches of fabric. Cited from there website’. Cited from there website

http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/motley/

  • Marquise – La Couturière Parisienne

Fabulous website full of resources and link.

http://www.marquise.de/en/index.html

  • The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

‘The department houses more than twenty thousand objects, representing more than one hundred cultures and two thousand years of human creativity in the textile arts. Particularly well represented are European Renaissance and European and American textiles, accessories and fashionable dress. The department has outstanding collections of Islamic, South and Southeast Asian, and Asian material, including two major Iranian sixteenth-century carpets—the Ardabil and the Coronation. Play a children’s game connected to Fashioning Fashion .’ Cited from there website.

http://www.lacma.org/art/collection/costume-and-textiles

  • Phoenix Art Museum

‘Feast your eyes on a collection comprised of more than 4,500 American and European garments, shoes and accessories. It houses important fashions from the 18th to late 20th centuries and emphasizes major American designers of the 20th century including Adrian, Norell, Galanos, and Claire McCardell; and European Designers such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. Exhibitions that focus on clothing both as an art form and cultural phenomenon are rotated regularly, underscoring the significance of fashion as it relates to social and economic history. The Astaire Library of Costumes (included in the Museum’s Art Research Library) houses many rare books and prints relating to costume and textiles’. Cited from website.

http://www.phxart.org/collection/fashion

  • Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

It a know brainer, use it!

http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/

  • Les Arts Décoratifs

‘Les Arts Décoratifs is a private organization governed by the law of 1901 on not-for-profit associations and recognized as being in the public interest. It originated in 1882, in the wake of the Universal Exhibitions, when a group of collectors banded together with the idea of promoting the applied arts and developing links between industry and culture, design and production. For many years it was known as the Union centrale des Arts décoratifs (UCAD), but in December 2004 it changed its name to Les Arts Decoratifs while staying true to its original aims of safeguarding the collections, promoting culture, providing art education and professional training, and supporting design. An original, multi-faceted institution, Les Arts Décoratifs pursues the objectives it was given at the outset: “to keep alive in France the culture of the arts which seek to make useful things beautiful” and to maintain close links with industry, forging numerous partnerships with firms operating in various fields’. Cited from there website

http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/en/library/

  • ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

‘ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles (formerly the University of Leeds International Textiles Archive) is housed in St Wilfred’s Chapel on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds. The purpose of the archive is to collect, preserve and document textiles and related items from many of the textile producing areas of the world for the benefit of scholars, researchers and the general public. ULITA is primarily a textiles archive, where items can be consulted by individuals and small groups by making an appointment.  An online catalogue can be viewed to see the major collections’. Cited from there website.

http://ulita.leeds.ac.uk/

  • Internet Archive

‘Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more’. cited from website.

https://archive.org/

  • The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

‘The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection contains approximately 13,000 objects. You can view over 9,000 of these objects online by searching the University’s Digital Collection. Objects in the collection span the globe and centuries, from archaeological textiles from South America to contemporary Scandinavian furnishing fabrics, from America’s crazy quilts to African masquerade costumes.’ Cited from webpage.

https://sohe.wisc.edu/research-development/textile-collection/digital-collection/

Links

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/e/electronic-resources-in-the-national-art-library/

http://www.vandaimages.com/index.asp

http://www.bridgemanimages.com/en-GB/

http://www.jstor.org/

http://www.costumelibrary.com/

http://www.themakeupgallery.info/period/index.htm

http://costumes.org/wiki/index.php/Navigation

http://www.fashionandtextilemuseums.com/

 

Hope these help in whatever you are researching into? As a note, once you open a main links to some. A host of other sources will open for you. Have fun and enjoy your research it is addictive.

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Lingerie & Petticoats

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Adding to the corset post, here I have put together resources and links to vintage lingerie and petticoats.

Below is a link to my Pinterest board full of images, book and tutorial links.

Worldwide

What Katie Did – faux vintage lingerie and hosiery. Online shopping at its best – and they have walk-in store’s – What Katie Did is a one stop shop for quality ready – made vintage lingerie or hosiery, they even have swimwear. If you need seamed stockings this is the place to buy them. Once on the website you chose which county you are shopping from ( left hand side drop box ) worldwide shipping. See my post and recommendation on how to shop worldwide.  London Boutique: What Katie Did, 26 Portobello Green, 281 Portobello Road, London, W10 5TZ Tel: 0845 430 8943

Los Angeles Store: What Katie Did, 7970 1/2 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California, 90046 USA Tel: 1 877 221 2472

 

Milanoo.com an on-line shopping store not just for petticoats! It’s headquarters are in China and supplies many other online retail stores. Make sure when placing your order it is not when a holidays is on. This will add to your shipping time.

 

UK

‘Doris designs and sells boutique high quality petticoat skirts made of over 36 meters (adult version) of double layered soft light chiffon giving them great bounce and body. They are simply timeless and will turn heads wherever you go. From newborns to adults, there is a wide range of colours to suit any occasion.’  call 0843 289 6622 for an appointment to their Surrey store customerservice@dorisdesigns.co.uk

 

USA

Brabarella Intermate Apparel & Hosiery. Long line bras, open bottom girdles to wide striped tights and everything in-between. Brabarella offers vintage shapewear and lingerie at reasonable prices. Contact them through email is best.orders@brabarella.com, 508-775-2226 Brabarella Lingerie. P.O. Box 635 Hyannis Port, MA 02647

 

ReSashay specializes in custom and readymade petticoats for all occasions, square dance apparel, western wear and accessories‘. Just one of the wonderful serveries offered is a chance to buy Pre-loved petticoats, as well as brand new. There ‘Create your very own’ petticoat is a joy for any designer who is in need of an unusual colour and fabric match. With Square Dance and Western wear y’hall have all bases covered here. Email: info@resashay.com Phone: 301 761-1011 or 800 900-DANCE. ReSashay, 14833 Native Dancer Rd 1 Potomac, MD 20878, USA

 

http://www.vintagedancer.com/

‘VintageDancer.com links to the best vintage inspired clothing, shoes, and accessories for sale online. We make finding clothes by decade, style and gender easy’. Blog website full of resource links to ready-made fashion and retro costumes.

 

Producer and Director of Petticoat Pond website is Tes Staylace. Along with her they make an invaluable and fun website with resourceful links.

 

Research

Susan Jarrett, M.ED writes on the history of fashion and dress. Giving details into the crinoline and bustle

 

Patterns

Simplicity 9764 Sewing Pattern Fashion Historian Martha McCain. Can be found in any good fabric shop or eBay search.

Bustle Undergarment Structure: different ways of attaching and making the bustle underneath the full skirts.

Costume History Research, make a start?

To start at the very beginning.

One website that has save my butt many time when writing papers and researching for shows. Has been The Costume Gallery’s Research Library.

Graphics Intense Webpage. Please be patient while the images load.

 

 

With over 5000 web page and images this resource keeps on giving.  You can browse the titles of the books and articles but to gain full  access, a subscription fee for a whole month is needed. Well worth paying to enter the Aladdin’s Cave of rare and vintage costume books online.