Dress and Fashion, Design and Manufacture

From the New York Public Library Digital Gallery, this collection contains "Several rare and unusual published resources of interest to students of western dress and fashion from the 19th to the early 20th-century. Includes historical surveys as well as manufacturers' booklets and sample swatch catalogs." There are 566 images, and users can either view all of the images at once, browse by subject, or search. Images are very high quality, and are available for educational use.

Elizabethan Costuming Page

This page contains links to all things Elizabethan Costuming page. To view images, either choose the link to the left that says "portraits and pictures," or scroll down until you see "picture of 16th century costume." This site is a collection of links that will take you to other site where the image are actually hosted, so please view the copyright information for each collection that you visit. In addition to images, the site contains links to information about patterns, underpinnings, costume books, and research articles.

Garren Collection of Historic Dress

From the University of Virginia, this collection of historic dress holds images to costume pieces from the 1920s through the 1950s. The collection can be browsed based on decade. Each image can be selected for a detailed description of the costume piece, including information related to the fabric, size/length, and decoration.

Met Museum Costume Institute

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art houses a collection of more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories spanning five continents and as many centuries. About 25,000 works are in the online collection database, which users can search and sort by date, title, and artist. Some costumes have no image available, but most of the works have multiple image views accompanying them. Im addition, the museum also highlights some of the most interesting pieces.


Met Museum Special Exhibition - Poiret, King of Fashion

Also from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this site features a specific exhibit that the museum hosted in 2007. From the museum: "In the annals of fashion history, Paul Poiret (1879–1944), who called himself the "King of Fashion," is best remembered for freeing women from corsets and further liberating them through pantaloons. However, it was Poiret’s remarkable innovations in the cut and construction of clothing, made all the more remarkable by the fact that he could not sew, that secured his legacy. Working the fabric directly onto the body, Poiret helped to pioneer a radical approach to dressmaking that relied more on the skills of drapery than on those of tailoring. Focusing on his technical ingenuity and originality, the exhibition explores Poiret’s modernity in relation to and as an expression of the dominant discourses of the early 20th century, including Cubism, Classicism, Orientalism, Symbolism, and Primitivism." There are less than 20 images available from this exhibit, but they are all great quality and highly interesting.