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Fashion and Costume History
Interested in what people used to wear? Check out this guide on historical fashions and costumes.
A directory of thousands of costume and costuming-related links, for the benefit of those who make and/or study costumes. It includes sites for costumers, students, historical re-enactors, science fiction fans, dancers and theatrical costumers.
The History of Costume
"For students who are studying the history of fashion and for costume designers." Contains images from a book of 500 full-color plates showing "historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century."
The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design
A companion to an exhibit of costumes nominated for current Academy Awards and costumes from a selection of other movies from the same year. Includes photographs from the exhibit and brief information about the costumes and the designers.
Works of Art: The Costume Institute
"The world-renowned Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum [in New York] possesses more than 75,000 costumes and accessories from seven centuries and five continents
The Costume Gallery
Browse the extensive collection of photos, research Viking footwear and medieval dress, study a guide to textiles, and participate in bulletin board discussions here. All facets of costume and its history from textiles through hairstyles are covered.
Milieux: The Costume Site
A directory of links about all the costume-related topics one could imagine. Research the history of various arms and armor, find instructions on making period costumes and links to suppliers, resources for costume materials, and organizations.
Textiles & Apparel: Cornell Costume Collection
Website of the Department of Textiles and Apparel at Cornell University, "which includes more than 9,000 items of apparel dating from the eighteenth century to the present, as well as a substantial collection of ethnographic textiles and costumes.
Fashion Plate Collection
"This collection includes 417 fashion plates from 1806-1914 from some of the leading fashion journals of the times." Stylistic periods include Empire (1806-1813), Georgian (1806-1836), Regency (1811-1820), Romantic (1825-1850) and others.
The Historic Costume & Textiles Collection at The Ohio State University
“This site highlights items from this fashion collection, which includes "a range of historic textiles from the 15th century to 20th century furnishing fabrics ... [and] garments and accessories from the mid-18th century to contemporary 21st century. “
18th Century Costume Resources Online
“Internal and external links about the history of costume in 18th century Europe. Information on styles, hair and wigs, shoes, fabrics and many more. Profusely illustrated.”
The Regency Fashion Page
“A wealth of images, information, and links relating to 18th and early 19th century fashion for men and women. Includes images and articles from period fashion magazines, online books about Regency fashion, a year by year chronology of what people were wearing.”
Bill Cunningham New York [videorecording] United States : Zeitgeist Films, c2011. Call # DVD 779.092 BIL
Project runway [videorecording] United States : Weinstein Company, c2005-c2010. Call # DVD 791.45 PRO
The September issue [videorecording] Burbank, CA : Lionsgate, c2010. Call # DVD 391.009 SEP
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