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Fashion Guide

This research guide is a starting point for finding materials related to Fashion. Feel free to contact the Librarian for help or to suggest materials for purchase.

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  1. Books
  2. Videos
  3. Databases
  4. Images
  5. Websites
  6. Citing Sources

Use the Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your COD Library card to check these items out or access them online.

Want to get a feel for the scholarly study of Fashion? Read Fashion: A Very Short Introduction E-book

The best way to start searching the Library catalog is to do a keyword search for words that describe your topic. Try to choose specific keywords. You may need to experiment with keywords to find ones that work for your topic. Once you find some items, you can use subject headings to find other items that cover the same topic. Library catalog

Call Number Ranges

Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.

TT490 - TT695 Fashion Design & Fashion Technology
GT509 - GT615 / TT504 - TT518 Fashion History
HD9940 Fashion Merchandising
NK8880 - NK9505 / TS1300 - TS1865 Textiles
TT509 Fashion Drawing

Reference Books

There are several encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries in the Library to use for a quick lookup. Reference materials are not typically something you sit down and read cover to cover, though you could if you really wanted to. :) Here is a small selection:

  • World Clothing and Fashion: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence REF GT507 .S6 2013
  • Fashion, Costume, and Culture : Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear Through the Ages GT511 .P46 2004
  • The Visual Dictionary of Fashion Design TT494 .A642 2007
  • The Complete Costume Dictionary GT507 .L49 2011
  • A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries: From Catwalk to Sidewalk Ebook


These e-book collections can be accessed from the COD network or anywhere on the internet if you have a Library card.

E-book Central
The E-Book Central collection contains a nice collection of e-books on fashion design and the fashion industry.
Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online contains books, videos, tutorials, and case studies technical skills and software packages. It includes top publishers like O'Reilly, Sam's, CISCO Press and many more. Use your COD email address to access Safari.
EBL E-books
This collection of e-books contains some excellent titles on fashion business topics.

Using I-Share

The library is a part of a consortium of academic libraries known as I-Share. As COD students, you can request items from other libraries online by creating an I-Share account. For more information, visit our I-Share Information Web Page.

The Library provides access to many video materials in both our own collection and those of our I-Share partner libraries. Click this link to browse these materials: Fashion DVD's in the COD Library and I-Share.

Streaming Video

Remember that you have to have a library card to view online videos from home.

University of Fashion
Username: College of DuPage Temp Password: Fashionista The University of Fashion contains a treasure trove of tutorials and resources for students. It contains detailed video tutorials on drawing, draping, pattern making, garment construction, and also has downloadable materials like select patterns and croquis. The lessons are scaffolded in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced categories.
LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning is a great resource for instruction and tutorials on software applications such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, CAD, Sketchup, and other programs used by fashion professionals. Register for a LinkedIn Learning account using your or email address.Connecting your learning account to your LinkedIn profile is optional.
The Kanopy video collection includes a variety of subjects across many disciplines but its strength is feature films, indie titles, and documentaries.
Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online contains videos and tutorials on technical skills and software packages used in the fashion industry. Use your COD email address to access Safari.

Use databases to locate journal, magazine, newspaper or specialized articles. You can also use databases to find images. You will need your COD Library card to access these resources from off-campus.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search on a variety of fields, like title and author's name. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. Even your contacts list in your phone is a type of mini database. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our stuff is free for you to use. You can browse the library's databases here:

Tip: Use the right database for your research purpose. If you are looking for business articles, use a business database. If you want articles about art and design, look in an art database first. If you aren't sure what you are looking for, get started by using a general database like Associates Program Source.

Best Bets

Art & Architecture Complete
This database provides full-text coverage of more than 350 periodicals and 220 books. In addition, Art & Architecture Complete offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 800 academic journals, magazines and trade publications. Subjects include Antiques, Architecture and Architectural History, Archaeology, Costume Design, Decorative Arts, Graphic Arts, Interior and landscape design, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture. The database also provides selective coverage for more than 70 additional publications and an Image Collection of over 64,000 images provided by Picture Desk and others.
Associates Programs Source Plus
Associates Programs Source Plus is designed specifically for junior & community colleges with a primary focus on disciplines of study within associate degrees and certification programs. This database contains many trade publications of interest to Fashion design and merchandising professionals.
Business Source Complete
Business Source Complete provides access to content and indexing for 1,300 journals. It covers all disciplines of business, including retail, marketing, management, and business accounting, finance and economics. This database also contains the Regional Business News which provides comprehensive full text for regional US and Canadian business publications (including titles from Crain Communications). Regional Business News has full text for more than 80 sources.
The Vogue Archive (1892-Present)
A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world's greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day. Link directly to pages, create citations, and print. Browse current issues by entering the Front Page of the issue and clicking on "browse this issue."
WGSN is a market intelligence tool. It examines current and future trends in fashion and merchandizing, along with a variety of other design industries. This rich resource includes trend forecasting reports, trade show reports, examinations of consumer behaviors, merchandising advice, and much more. WSGN's reports can be downloaded to your computer or saved to your WGSN account. Reports include data sources and cited images that can be downloaded individually, as well as templates and other tools for use in Photoshop & Illustrator.
Women's Wear Daily (1910-Two months ago)
A comprehensive archive of Women’s Wear Daily, from the first issue in 1910 to recent months of the current year, reproduced in high-resolution images. Every page, article, advertisement, and cover is included, with searchable text and indexing. Link directly to pages, create citations, and print. Browse current issues by entering the Front Page of the issue and clicking on "browse this issue."

Other Choices

Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases
This collection is meant to be used as a teaching tool rather than a business/industry information resource. Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases is designed to help students develop essential business skills that are required of fashion industry professionals. Cases are a popular and effective educational tool for students to learn and apply business concepts to real-life situations, strategies, and dilemmas. Using the BROWSE tool is the most efficient way to locate cases.
Business of Fashion (BoF)
BoF is a daily magazine for fashion and retail industry professionals. Fashion students and faculty get free access to the full site with exclusive members-only content, unlimited access to articles, and use of BoF's iOS app. Register here using your COD email address (students: / faculty:
Historical Periodicals Collection
Series 3, 4, and 5 of the Historical Periodicals Collection contain women's magazines dating from 1838 to 1877.

Also see the Fashion Databases page for other useful resources.

COD Library Collections

The Library has a modest collection of image databases that include fashion and costume images. You can also use the web resources below, just make sure you know where the image comes from and how to cite your sources. See Citing Sources for more information on using images ethically.

ArtStor--Fashion and Costume
Artstor is a large collection of images in a variety of subjects, including Fashion and Costume. See this handout for more information, collections, and helpful search tips.
All Image Databases
Try ImageQuest and other collections here. Many contain fashion and design images
Google Art & Culture
Google does a great job presenting art images in a curated format.

Digital Archives of Fashion Materials

The Fashion Plate Collection--University of Washington
Fashion plates included in this collection are from some of the leading French, British, American, and other continental fashion journals of the 19th century and early 20th century: Belle assemblée; Le bon ton; Le Follet, courrier des salons; Journal des dames and des modes; Godey's lady's book and magazine, and others.
Texas Fashion Collection
This collection contains 500 photographs of clothing items in the TFC as well as other materials related to fashion. The online collection is available to browse by decade, country of origin, and other themes.
University of Alberta Museums Clothing and Textiles Collection
Searchable database of 18,000 garments, textiles, and related artifacts.
Chicago History Museum Digital Collections--Costumes and Textiles
A digital repository of images of costumes focusing on Chicago history.
Powerhouse Museum Electronic Swatchbook
The Powerhouse Museum's digital collection of 2000 bright, unfaded fabric samples from several volumes of swatchbooks of fashion fabric designs from the 1830s to the 1920s.
Fashion Institute of New York's Digital Collections list
FIT's large listing of online digital collections links.
Listed below are high-quality websites useful for a variety of fashion design and merchandising research, but there are endless others you can find on your own.

Remember to carefully scrutinize information you find on the web: Evaluating Web Sources

General Fashion Websites

Fashion in Time
A site written by fashion experts that includes excellently researched information about the history of fashion, presented in a really interesting way.
Women's Wear Daily
The standard go-to source on all things related to fashion and the fashion industry. Check out the WWD Archive on the Databases Tab!
Fashion Net
Fashion net is a great resource for information and images related to fashion, art, and designers.

Trend Research
An excellent site that provides free reports on fashion business trends.
The Apparel Strategist
Detailed information and outlook on the fashion retail industry
Fashion Snoops
The Fashion Snoops is a trend-forecasting and consulting company. This website provides excellent information on how trend-forecasting and visual merchandising is conducted. Review this website to learn about this aspect of the fashion industry.
Register for a free Trendstop account to get limited access to the materials on this site. With your free account, you can access the "trend stream" section of the website and the trend reports.
We Connect Fashion
Register for free access to the information available on this website. We Connect Fashion is a consulting company that provides business-to-business services in the retail fashion market. This company provides access to trend reports, how-to guides for budding entrepreneurs, and resources on the fashion industry.

Association Web Sites

Fashion Group International
FGI is a great place to learn about fashion industry events and look for jobs.
Chicago Fashion Foundation
The mission of CFF is to provide academic scholarships to Chicago-area college students majoring in fashion related studies and to coordinate educational programs for Chicago’s fashion community.
Apparel Industry Board
This Chicago-based organization represents the interests of the sewn products industry. Its leadership includes professionals from all aspects of the fashion industry and its mission is to support fashion designers and merchandisers in the greater Chicago-area.

Go to the Library's Citing Sources page to get help creating your bibliography. Try using NoodleBib to create an MLA style bibliography. You'll need your COD Library card to use NoodleBib from home.

Many Fashion students use images from book materials. Here's how to cite an image in a book: First, find the image acknowledgements or credits in the Acknowledgements section of the book (usually at the front or back of the book or at the end of a chapter). Then use this template below to create your MLA citation.

Artist's name. Name of Art Work. Year of Art Work, if known. Where the item "lives" today. Title of Book. Edition statement, if any. By Author's name/s. Place of Publication: Publisher Name. Page number. Medium. (Print for books. Electronic for E-books).


Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800. Museo del Prado, Madrid. Gardener's Art Through the Ages. 10th ed. By Richard G. Tansey and Fred S. Kleiner. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace. 939. Print.

TIP: If the artist is unknown or not stated (like from a really old tapestry or mosaic), just skip the artist name and lead off with the title of the piece.
Here's an explanation of this citation from the Purdue OWL website:

Here's an example citation for an electronic image in a library database or from a website:

Artist's name. Name of Art Work. Year of Art Work, if known. Where the item "lives" today or who owns the image. Title of Website. Medium. Date of access.


Muir, Jean. Fashion Photograph of a Silk Jersey All-in-One Jumpsuit 1969. Ernestine Carter Archive, Fashion Museum Bath and North East Somerset Council. Berg Fashion Library. Web. 5 February 2016.

Here's an explanation of this citation from the Purdue OWL website: