America from the Great Depression to World War II: 1935-1945
A collection of 170,000 images from the collections of the Library of Congress. Search by keyword or use the subject index to see a list of alphabetized subject links to photographs.
A collection of images from the collection of the Library of Congress, including portraits. Search by keyword or use the subject index to see a list of alphabetized subject links to photographs.
The Chicago History Museum includes more than 50,000 artifcats from the mid-18th century to the present.
A searchable archive of historic clothing in the collection of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, including images and text.
An annotated listing of high-quality web site, maintained by librarians at the Internet Public Library.
This site hosts 800 web pages and 2,500 historical images of fashion. The site also provides full-text fashion articles from magazines and handbooks, portfolios of costume and fashion designs, costume and fashion websites, and resources arranged by topic and time period. Note that a subscription fee is required to access these features.
Covers various aspects of dress from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century.. Maintained by the Western Michigan University Libraries.
A comprehensive site of sites related to various aspects of theatrical costume. Of particular use is the "Costume History" link on the left side of the page. Maintained by a theatre professor at the University of Alaska.
A collection of resources on the Colonial Era, Post-Revolution Era, Civil War Era, Broadway, the Modern Stage, and Costume History.
Covers period costume from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. Includes pictures, articles and "authentic period patterns."
More than 725 primary source photographs of American people (including portraits) and places from the collections of the Library of Congress.
Reprints the 1931 book English Costumes of the Eighteenth Century (text by James Laver; illustrations by Iris Brooke).
Includes an A-Z listing as well as entries arranged in these categories: The Ancient World, Early Cultures, European Culture, and Modern World.
A dictionary of terms "drawn from a number of sources."
Contains "images of royal and aristocratic women" from roughly the Renaissance (1500) to the Belle Epoque (1914).
An online version of the classic costume history text covering clothing in Europe and the East,1861-1880. Includes pictures.
The Journal of Dress History
"The academic publication of The Association of Dress Historians, through which scholars can articulate original research in a constructive, interdisciplinary, and peer–reviewed environment."
A guide produced by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts.
London College of Fashion: Victor Stiebel Archive
"The London College of Fashion Victor Stiebel Archive includes three sketch books: Sketch Book of 1960-1961
, Sketch Book of 1962 and 1963
, and Victor Stiebel Ground Floor Collections, 1961-1963
Selections of costume drawings designed for various Paris Music Halls from 1920-1938, including the works of designer Freddy Wittop as well as costume design sketches for Josephine Baker. From the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript collection at the University of Georgia.
A collection of images from the collections of the Library of Congress. Search by keyword or use the subject index to see a list of alphabetized subject links to photographs.
Articles from the online Smithsonian cover both current and historical aspects of fashion.
Provides a "quick reference for the identification of the basic uniforms, accoutrements and small arms used by the American soldier from the period of the American Revolution to the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan."
An online exhibition that featurs the works of two "masters of the haute couture," Charles Frederick Worth and Main Rousseau Bocher. The exhibition explores the "garments' histories, details, and construction from the outside-in."